Diabetes Care

Old Age Care Guide: When Old Age And Diabetes Walk Together...

Old age and diabetes...What more is required, to make the life more annoying? One of my friends who recently returned from the study tour of some western countries, was very pleased with the social security statistics that he brought home. He was particularly impressed about the number of old age homes in those countries.

But the ideal situation should be, each home should be the home for the aged. The foundation of this type of old age home is love and security. The very feeling for a diabetic patient that he is taken care of well, by his near and dear ones, is half of the cure.

Physical sickness, combined with mental sickness is a double tragedy. Old age in itself, without any additional sickness, is a serious sickness. In old age, when the confidence level of any individual is low, and when the fingers tremble, when the medication tablets on the palm dance and when you have trouble in drinking a glass of water, all seems to be lost for that individual!

Now, that's what makes an affectionate family. This is the very same man, who worked for hours together, to bring plenty and prosperity for the family. He laid the first brick for the foundation of this building. Now he sits in a corner, trying to read the headlines of the newspaper. To manage time, is a problem for him. He has only time and more time, with nothing to manage!

Even if it is not a big joint family, somebody has to make a time table to look after the family patient, without giving him the feeling that he is being looked after like a patient. He needs to be given food as per the pre-decided time table. The food needs to be served to him with lots of affection.

On a fixed day/date, the blood pressure and blood sugar level of the individual need to taken and noted in a special dairy maintained for the purpose. How often the family doctor visits the patient? Just because he shows the signs of normal health, this aspect should not be neglected.

His day's food chart is pre-decided. But don't repeat the eats over and over again. The diet has to be with the limitations permitted by the diabetes, but here again you can have the variety. Old age is the time when the person craves to eat, even though he is not hungry much.