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Tips For Seniors Living With Diabetes Pt. 2

In Part 1 of our series on seniors living with type 2 diabetes, we discussed common symptoms of the disease. In today’s article, we’ll examine what goes into managing type 2 diabetes, and some tips for dealing with diabetes on a daily basis.

Not surprisingly, a diabetes diagnosis brings with it several new and regularly occurring commitments:

  • Taking new medications
  • Testing to treat and monitor blood sugar
  • Being alert to symptoms of low and high blood sugar and knowing how to treat them. Changing your diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Visiting your doctor regularly

If you live with diabetes, or provide care for someone who does, consider these tips to improve everyday life:

  • Experiment with new foods. We all have our favorites, but trying new and healthy foods, while following the diet plan is a simple way to handle diabetes.
  • Try new activities. Getting a bit of exercise every day is easy: swimming, walks in the park, and yoga are excellent low-impact options.
  • Get support from a friend, family member, or your home care professional in Phoenix. Remembering shots, treatments, and appointments can be challenging: team up with a loved one or a pro to ease the stress.
  • Research diabetes. Learn about the illness, new research findings, and discover how to self-manage the disease. Home care professionals can provide valuable support in helping newly diagnosed diabetics self-manage their disease.

Connect. It can be very helpful to share ups and downs with people going through similar struggles. Find a support group and don’t be afraid to join.  The American Diabetes Association is a great place to start!

While diabetes certainly alters the everyday life of a person living with a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, and a late in life diagnosis can make it even more challenging, the disease  doesn’t have to overwhelm the senior. the . By understanding the practical, physical and financial impact of the disease, seniors can take control and commit to a better life. Nightingale Homecare can help: with  our chronic disease management program, PATHlink by providing  support in taking new medication, eating properly, and staying positive. With an emphasis on self-management, the home care professionals at Nightingale are committed to your loved one’s overall well-being. If you need home care, or have questions about Nightingale’s in home nursing care philosophies, contact us online or call us: (602) 504-1555.

 

Posted in Blog on September 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on Tips For Seniors Living With Diabetes Pt. 2

Tips for Seniors living with Type II Diabetes: Part 1

Type II, also called “late onset” Diabetes is a challenging chronic disease that is often difficult to manage- imagine what it’s like for an elderly person with a new diagnosis of Type II Diabetes. Not only is the body changing with the aging process, but for a person with a new diagnosis of diabetes, the disease can be a serious struggle to manage. In this 2-part series, we will examine common symptoms of Type II Diabetes in elders, as well as tips for family members and caregivers to help seniors manage and treat the disease.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  1. Frequent urination, especially at night
  2. Feeling very thirsty
  3. Feeling very hungry – even though the person is eating
  4. Extreme fatigue and weakness
  5. Blurry vision
  6. Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  7. Weight loss – even though the person may be eating more
  8. Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet

The list of symptoms may seem daunting, but there are a number of things that seniors and their loved ones or caregivers can do to ease the strain. Keep in mind that often type II diabetes symptoms are either minimal, or overlooked by elders and family members all the while damage to organs and tissue is occurring. Simple blood testing can help lead to diagnosis.  Join us again in two weeks where we’ll discuss several helpful tips for managing and treating diabetes as it specifically relates to seniors. At Nightingale Homecare, our skilled and supportive clinicians and caregivers can help manage chronic illnesses like diabetes through our unique PATHlink program. Using nationally recognized standards of care, PATHlink promotes self-management techniques that help elders living with a chronic disease improve their quality of life. To learn more about Nightingale’s progressive in home nursing care options, or to speak with a Nightingale representative, call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online http://www.ngcare.com/contact-us.

Posted in Blog on September 6th, 2013 · Comments Off on Tips for Seniors living with Type II Diabetes: Part 1