The National Diabetes Services Scheme has launched a new series of resources to provide advice and support to older people living with diabetes.
The three booklets that community aged care staff can use as education tools with their clients cover the topics of diabetes management and ageing, healthy eating and understanding the health system.
Caroline Thomas, national program leader of the Older People with Diabetes Program with the NDSS, said there were some specific changes that happened with age that may affect how diabetes should be managed.
- Managing Diabetes As You Age has information to help older people manage diabetes including managing the effects of ageing, hypoglycaemia and medicines.
- Healthy Eating and You has information about healthy eating and food choices including nutrition and food needs as you age, daily meal plans and nutritious recipes.
- You and your health care team has information to help older people work with their healthcare team including building a healthcare team, staying on track and support services that can help.
The booklets are available to download as an ebook or PDF from the National Diabetes Services Scheme website. To receive a hard copy call your state or territory diabetes association on 1300 136 588.
Read the August edition of Community Care Review, ‘Keeping diabetes in check’ for more tips for carers from Caroline Thomas, National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) on supporting clients with diabetes.
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