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Managing Diabetes for Senior Citizens

We are all aging. It’s a simple, yet sometimes frustrating fact of life. So when frequent trips to the restroom, excessive thirst, weight loss or blurred vision begin to impede living, they potentially could be written off as just another factor in the aging process. But they could be symptoms of diabetes.

Regular trips to a doctor can help ensure the normal symptoms of aging are indeed just that and not something much more serious. Many Capital Senior Living communities across the country offer transportation to and from medical appointments or provide information on how residents can find low- or no-cost rides to a doctor or specialist when it’s necessary.

An estimated one third of seniors over the age of 65 are living with diabetes today, according to Caring and attentive Capital Senior Living staff members work with residents and their families to help lower the risk of diabetic complications by following a few healthy tips offered by the website. 

  1. Eat healthy. When preparing breakfasts, lunches and dinners, our Capital Senior staff members choose only the best selections of meat and freshest produce to ensure well-balanced meals. The chefs at our communities can work with seniors with special dietary needs. A healthy diet is a must for residents dealing with Type I or Type II diabetes. When blood sugar levels are challenged, seniors are encouraged to grab a snack at many of our communities.
  2. Never reuse disposable diabetic supplies. Residents can seek medication reminders or ask for medication administration from some of our Capital Senior communities. Our trained professionals can help ensure medical supplies don’t get contaminated and cause medical complications and infections that can be fatal. Seniors needing help keeping an adequate supply of diabetic supplies on hand should seek additional assistance from our staff.
  3. Stay active. Our Capital Senior Living communities encourage residents to exercise with regular programing designed to challenge them physically and emotionally. suggests that Tai Chi may be an alternative for seniors who have limited mobility due to arthritis or other joint conditions. If a local Capital Senior community does not offer Tai Chi, residents are encouraged to check with local senior or community centers and take advantage of the courtesy transportation offered at many of our homes.

Although diabetes management is often easier for children and young adults, seniors in our Capital Senior Living communities have the support necessary to meet their challenges and remain as healthy as possible.

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