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DIABETES MANAGEMENT TIPS – SENIOR EDITION

Diabetes is one of the most common illnesses in the world, especially among the elderly. If you are a nurse or working in a location-specific home care company, as an Arlington home care, and you are taking care of a senior with diabetes, here are some tips that might help.

1 Reduce Cardiovascular Risk:

The thought of cardiovascular risk is not the most ideal situation for anyone, it is particularly dangerous for seniors, especially if they have diabetes. For diabetic seniors, it might become difficult to be resilient and fight back in case they suffer from a cardiovascular attack. Therefore, elderly people with diabetes need to have proper attendance, and the attendee should make sure that the condition of their heart is at a stable level. Having a CNA monitor the heart rate and blood pressure of your loved one can bring some peace of mind. This is important for keeping the effects of diabetes at bay, and for overall good health too. Other than the fact that Cardiovascular risk generally very harmful as well, smoking should be completely prohibited for seniors with diabetes. Smoking alone can cause several other health issues.

2 Prevent Hyperglycemia:

The scientific term for low blood sugar level is ‘hyperglycemia’. Hyperglycemia is caused when the body does not have enough insulin to work on. That, or for some reason, the body cannot utilize the insulin properly. It is a common misconception that only a high level of blood sugar can be dangerous for those with diabetes. However, low blood sugar can also be quite risky for diabetic patients, especially senior people. According to the mayo clinic, Long-term complications of untreated hyperglycemia would be cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage and/or failure, damage to the blood vessels of the retina, and worst-case blindness. Therefore, the blood sugar level, especially that of a diabetic patient must be kept at a steady level.

3 Manage The Diet:

Whether it is in case of diabetes or any other health issue, maintaining a healthy diet is vital if you want to ensure that your health stays upright in the long run. Improper food intake can seriously mess with a diabetic patient’s blood sugar levels, which can be a red alert for their condition. Diabetic seniors should be fed properly and on time, to maintain their blood sugar levels and overall health too. Some things to avoid or limit with a diabetic senior would be unhealthy fats, liquids sugars, processed grains, and other foods that contain refined carbs such as white bread, pasta, rice.

4 Keep An Eye On Medicines:

When one is suffering from such a condition as diabetes, medicines inevitably become a part of their everyday life. However, other than the regular medicines, some conditions require particular medicines. Such as, a headache, muscle pain, stomach ache, and the likes, can call for different remedies or medicines. But beware, not all medicines are suitable for everyone. Health condition and age play an important role in determining which medicine is suitable for the person and which is not. Giving the wrong medicine or at the wrong time can cause further damage rather than fixing the situation at hand. It is best to consult a specialist before giving any medicine to a senior with diabetes.

5 Avoid Hypertension:

To put it simply, ‘hypertension’ is raised tension levels; quickly elevated levels of stress and anxiety are associated with hypertension. Though it is common knowledge that getting stressed and high-tension levels are not good for the mind and body, no matter what the health condition and age of the person is. However, hypertension is particularly harmful to diabetic patients, in particular the elderly ones. So, senior diabetic patients should be kept away from stressful things to avoid hypertension. Exercising regularly can help with hypertension by helping remove some of that stress from your body!

6 Check Blood Sugar Level Frequently:

As has been mentioned above, maintaining a steady blood sugar level is vital for diabetic patients, whether they are the elderly or not. The reason for that is that blood sugar levels are the main association with diabetes. If the blood sugar level is too high or too low, it can cause serious risks for the patient, and in some situations can even be fatal. To prevent that, the blood sugar of a senior diabetic patient must be checked frequently to take necessary measures if required. Some of the symptoms of high or low Blood Sugar levels are:

  • Shaking 
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Irritability

7 Remember To Exercise Regularly:

Elderly or young, diabetic or not, exercising is pretty important if you plan to keep your health balanced and up to the mark for a long time. Exercising keeps your body in shape, outside and inside, and prevents it from getting rusted and lazy. It is particularly beneficial for diabetic patients because it keeps the heart in good condition, thus avoiding the risk of cardiovascular attacks.

8 Stay In Touch With A Doctor:

  • Frequently forgetting where you put your most used items like mobile, keys, or wallet
  • Suddenly forgetting the names of people you know
  • Replacing one memory with another. For instance, calling your granddaughter by your grandson’s name
  • Walking into a place and forgetting your purpose of coming there
  • Finding it hard to recall anything that you’ve recently read or watched
  • Getting distracted easily
  • Forgetting the important details of any conversation

Occasional memory lapses will not disable you, unlike dementia. Memory loss that comes with growing age does not significantly influence your daily routine. However, dementia is a constant problem that causes a decline in several cognitive abilities like your memory, the ability to speak, language, your judgment, and creative thinking.

When memory losses and glitches in your brain start getting too intense that they start distorting your daily routine activities, causing problems for your family; this is when you’re going through a serious mental problem like dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Normal Age-Related Memory Losses and Lapses

  • You can easily carry out all your daily activities on your own, even if you tend to forget things
  • Recalling necessary information is easy if you give yourself some time
  • You might find it hard to recall ways and directions, but you won’t get lost in places you have been before
  • Might find it hard to recall a certain word or phrase, but can easily carry a conversation
  • Your logical thinking, judgment, and critical thinking aren’t affected at all.

Symptoms Of Dementia

  • Will face a lot of difficulty in carrying out routine tasks. Forgetting how to perform things you were really good at
  • You’ll be unable to recall the information that slipped your mind, no matter how much you wait for it to come back
  • Get lost and unable to track your way even in familiar places
  • Forgetting words, phrases are common. Carrying a conversation becomes too difficult
  • Analytical thinking and judgment is affected

If you have found similar symptoms in your old aged parents or any senior living at your place, take them to the doctor immediately. In case, the situation is worse, you should take them to your nearby home care specialist. You can find many dementia or home care specialist in Alzheimer’s. My Nurse Family was rated #1 home care company in Arlington that looks after the seniors and provides them the best care they deserve.

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