Improving outcomes for older people with diabetes (2021)

Type of publication:
Journal article

*Morris, David

Practice Nursing; Jul 2021; vol. 32 (no. 7); p. 270-276

Older people with diabetes have unique challenges. David Morris discusses the importance of individualising care for this group of people An individualised approach aiming to maximise safety, preserve autonomy and improve quality of life is needed when helping an older person to manage their diabetes. It is important to interpret the older person's diabetes in the context of their overall health concerns, including reference to co-morbidities, cognitive function, lifestyle, social setting, and life expectancy, and practice nurses are well placed to work in partnership with people with diabetes to achieve this. Pharmacological treatment goals must be realistic, acknowledging the metabolic consequences of old age, the risks of hypoglycaemia and the dangers of