This post is not just for those with diabetes, however, more than 25% of adults age 65 years and older deal with diabetes. Individuals with type 1 diabetes control their blood sugar with insulin, while many of those with type 2 are able to manage through diet and exercise alone.
Even those who do not have diabetes benefit from regular eating to maintain alertness, energy and blood sugar levels. If a senior ever loses their appetite for an unexplained reason, alert their physician. “It’s important to alert doctors to medical conditions that have prevented eating for a day or more (such as illness)…the elderly, even without diabetes, are most vulnerable to developing hypoglycemia and other imbalances.”Cases of type 2 has shown a recent increase in nursing homes from 16 to 23% as “more people live longer and grow heavier.” Read More
People of all ages benefit from losing excess weight, reasons include reduced risk of cancer, less stress on joints and reduced depression. However, when an elder suddenly loses weight without apparent reason, it could be cause for concern.
If it is due to forgetfulness or inability to prepare meals—the weight loss may be an early sign that care is needed.
It could also be a sign of health risks or disease. At first sign of sudden weight loss, try talking to the elder to see if you can discover the reason. If financial ability is a concern and the elder lives in Ada County, consider these options. Learn more about nutrition for seniors. Read More
MS fatigue is not just being tired — it is like having the flu without other symptoms. Although MS fatigue is common and frustrating, there are things one can do to fight fatigue and increase energy. Read More
Cognitive function refers to perception, memory, imagery creation, thinking and reasoning. The pop term brain fitness was coined because cognitive function can be maintained or improved by exercising the brain through formal and ongoing education, specially designed exercises and other active mental engagement. Read More