Chapter 14

Diabetes and the Elderly

In This Chapter

arrow Detecting and managing diabetes in the elderly

arrow Minimizing the risk of heart disease

arrow Eating and taking medications properly

arrow Focusing on unique eye problems of the elderly

arrow Anticipating urinary and sexual problems

arrow Understanding Medicare coverage

Everyone wants to live a long time, but no one wants to get old. Nevertheless, getting old is better than the alternative. Woody Allen says the one advantage of dying is that you don’t have to do jury duty. I think I would rather do jury duty.

The first issue I have to tackle in this chapter is defining elderly. Every year my definition seems to change, but I think it’s fair to talk about the age of 70 as the beginning of being elderly. Using that definition, by the year 2020, more than 20 percent of the United States population will be elderly. As much as one-fifth of that elderly population ...

Get Diabetes For Dummies, 5th Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.