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Aging Well With Diabetes

by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Bob Moss, PharmD, and Parminder Kaur, PharmD, MBA

In addition, talk with your family and friends about what you expect as you age with diabetes. Let them know there could come a time when you need additional assistance, and make it clear ahead of time how you would like those needs handled. Be aware, however, that your friends and family members have limits, too: They may not have the resources to provide all that you need. That’s why it’s important to be willing to look beyond your immediate social circle for support and help. For help locating services in your community, trying looking on www.eldercare.gov.

When considering your future health and health care, it’s a good idea to think about and prepare legal documents such as a living will and a health-care power of attorney. These documents spell out your medical preferences so that your wishes are known and will be carried out if you become unable to speak for yourself. You can learn more about these documents and download forms at www.aarp.org.

For take-away tips on caring for your diabetes as you age, click here.

Aging comes with challenges, but the better you feel, the easier it is to deal with those challenges and to see and embrace new opportunities. Take care of your diabetes now to feel your best in the years to come.

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