All seniors, and those who care for them, should be alert to the symptoms and signs of diabetes, since as many as one out of every four adults over the age of 60 are currently living with diabetes. Diabetes requires ongoing treatment and careful management over the course of a lifetime; if diabetes care is neglected, it can eventually lead to serious and deadly health concerns, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, and many others.
Diabetes management needs to become part of a senior’s everyday routine, and it’s important to realize that there will be some days that are better than others. In spite of the expected ups and downs of the disease, there are some particular signs of diabetes that should never be ignored. Contact the senior’s physician immediately if he or she is experiencing any of the following effects:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger or thirst
- Feelings similar to being under the effects of alcohol
- Unusual behaviors, which can point to low blood sugar
- Infections, swollen or bloody gums, or foot sores
- Instantaneous changes in the eyes: vision, pain, or the appearance of lights or spots floating within the field of vision
- Any signals that could indicate heart problems or disease
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Seniors and those who love and care for them will likely discover that, through the process of aging, the need for help at home in many areas of daily living will increase, specifically if there’s a diagnosis of diabetes or another type of chronic health condition. At Hillendale Home Care, we offer professional in-home care assistance to meet a wide range of needs, including reminders for medications and glucose testing, scheduling and providing accompanied transportation to medical appointments, planning and preparing healthy meals, help with personal care needs, housework and laundry, and much more.
Contact the most trusted care team at Hillendale Home Care to learn more! Our personalized senior care solutions are available throughout Walnut Creek and other surrounding areas, and can be arranged for as much or as little assistance as needed. Call us at 925-933-8181 to request a free in-home consultation and discover how our home care services can help you take the first step towards a healthier, safer, and more enjoyable life for a senior loved one. To learn more about all of the other areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.