The affects diabetes has on the mental state of the elderly.

By Skoob Latest Reply 2008-09-14 22:44:17 -0500
Started 2008-09-10 07:03:17 -0500

I just joined this community page to see if I can find out all that I can do for my aunt. I still am not sure what kind of effects it will have on her. I am researching every where all your comments are greatly appreciated.

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DonnaAnn 2008-09-14 22:44:17 -0500 Report

hello Skoob,
have you checked into a dietician? ask to see if your aunt has medicare and if it will pay for the diatician. Call your local hsopital and see if they hold diabetes meetings. where I live they have them on Wed. nights at 730. they are free. These meetings have guest speakers who talk on a variety of subjects. You may meet some people who are in the same situation as you. Call a local nursing home and ask to speak to the diatician. See if she will give you some of her time. Maybe she can educate you on dietary problems.
I use to work in a nursing home and realize how hard it can be to help a elderly person with a diet restriction. I also did home health.
My best to you.

Toma 2008-09-11 08:10:24 -0500 Report

yes, poorly controlled type 2 diabetes can effect mental capabilities but not just in the elderly. Depression is also linked to type 2 diabetes. In my opinion, proper diet is the best defence.


GabbyPA 2008-09-10 13:37:54 -0500 Report

I know that when my BG is out of control, the symptoms of confusion, distraction and forgetfulnees can become my norm. Before I started taking care of my diabetes, I was getting very frustrated with my concentration. I would find that I would be staring at my computer, not remembering what it was I last worked on.
Since I have been working to control my levels, I have found that I have much more of my concentration back. Thank Goodness!! I run my own business and I don't need to be a space cadete.
So I realize that is not "medical research", but I have noticed a big difference in that. Now if I can keep it until I am in my 70's I will be so happy!!

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