Caring for a Type II Elderly Diabetic

By vnabar1 Latest Reply 2013-10-30 18:32:14 -0500
Started 2013-10-29 22:00:56 -0500

I am a twenty year old guy with a Diabetic Grandmother - who is getting into her early 80's. She is beginning to have trouble with her memory - and is beginning to forget when she should be taking some of her pills and insulin injections.

I believe she is currently taking Janumet, Lantus, and a few other medications to treat her diabetes (she also has heart problems and arthritis). She also cannot exercise regularly due to her old age, so often has time maintaining a good range for her blood pressure. Therefore, it is imperative that she eats correctly these days.

Is there any advice you all can give me in regards to helping her remember to take her medication, eating healthier consistently, and motivating her to effectively treat her diabetes?

Any support would be greatly appreciated.


1 reply

GabbyPA 2013-10-30 18:32:14 -0500 Report

Hey Vick,
Does she live with your family? What I mean is are you able to see her daily to check on her?

Here is what I would do to start, ask her if you can sit in on one of her doctor visits. That way you are hearing what the doctor wants you to hear and getting that first hand might help.

Have a written list of what she is supposed to take and when or how. Maybe keep that on the fridge so she can be reminded to do it.

One thing that keeps me organized is a weekly pill strip. That allows me to put my AM does in one, and my PM doses in the other. I keep them open once I have taken that day and that way at a glance, I can tell if I missed anything.

As for shots, that can be more tricky. I sometimes forget to take my insulin if I get busy right off when I get up. But the same principal applies. I keep my syringe or in her case, her pens, visible and where they remind her. Finding her a routine that is kind of a check list of "to do" items is the best way to help her.

Could you or a family member prepare her meals for her so that she is eating the right things? I know my grandmother after about 80 or so, she just pretty much ate what she wanted. She just said she had lived long enough and it was foolish to worry any more. Maybe find out if that it how she thinks or if she is willing to work at eating right. I know elder diets are often very hard to manage.

Kudos to you for being involved in your grandmother's life when you are so young. That is a great responsibility you have taken on. I hope you find a way to work with her.