Older people

Diabetes care is generally the same no matter how old you are.

However, it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between signs and symptoms caused by diabetes and those that are a part of the ageing process.

Also, the physical and mental changes which occur as you age may affect how you manage your diabetes. For example, your sight or hearing, your balance and strength, as well as your appetite and activity levels.

You may have other health conditions which will impact on your diabetes.

Everyone is different. This includes older people!

As you become older, you may find that you need assistance from family or friends or a provider to support you in your home.  It is important that whoever is assisting you understand how diabetes impacts on your life and how they can help care for you safely.

Be sure to check in with your health care team regularly. This will help identify changes and reduce the development of diabetes–related complications with your feet, eyes, heart and kidneys.

Talk to your GP, or contact us if you have any questions.

The following booklets for older people living with diabetes may be helpful for you and for those who support you:

Managing diabetes as you age provides information and tips about managing your diabetes as you get older

You and your health care team provides you with guidance as to who can help with what issues

Healthy eating provides information about how to stay nourished and eat well, along with tips and recipes

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