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Resources for Managing Diabetes for Older Adults

As an older adult living with diabetes, you may face unique challenges to live healthy with diabetes. This page has resources that may help.

Resources listed by title (A-Z:)

​Title ​Description ​Organization
​This workshop helps older adults get the support they need and find practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue, and stress. Older adults can also discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment options, and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about their health. ​National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Diabetes in Older Adults – A Disease You Can Manage

En Español

​Learn about diabetes in older adults, including the different types of diabetes, early signs and symptoms, and diagnosis. This brochure also provides tips to manage diabetes and resources to help. ​National Institute on Aging
​Help spread the word about diabetic eye disease by sending these e-cards to friends and family members at higher risk. ​National Eye Institute
​Provides information for people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease to prevent vision loss. Diabetic eye disease includes diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. All people with diabetes need to get a dilated eye exam at least once a year. ​National Eye Institute

Flu + You

Through its Flu + You campaign, actress Judith Light educates older adults and those who care for them about the seriousness of the flu, importance of prevention, and available vaccine options.

Topics addressed:

  • Flu facts
  • Flu, chronic health conditions, and the immune system
  • Importance of flu vaccination for people ages 65 and older
​National Council on Aging Flu + You Campaign

Flu + You: What Do Adults 65 and Older With Diabetes Need to Know about the Flu?

​Developed for the 2014-2015 flu season, this infographic explains the importance of getting a flu shot for people ages 65 and older with diabetes. The infographic encourages patients to speak with their health care provider about prevention and vaccination.

Topics addressed:

  • Flu vaccine
  • Flu and existing health conditions
  • How people with diabetes are at high risk for developing complications from the flu
American Association of Diabetes Educators in conjunction with the National Council on Aging’s Flu + You Campaign
​This website provides diabetes management and prevention information for older adults. It includes information about the causes and symptoms of diabetes, as well as care and treatment options to prevent diabetes-related complications. ​American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation

HealthInAging.org - Living with Diabetes as an Older Adult (Video)

​This video discusses ways that older adults with diabetes can adopt a healthier lifestyle to better manage diabetes. ​American Geriatrics Society

Living Healthy with Diabetes: A Guide for Adults 55 and Up

​This booklet provides information to help older adults manage type 2 diabetes to prevent or delay related health problems. It also includes a special section for caregivers with tips on giving support to a loved one with diabetes. ​American Diabetes Association

Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies and Services

​This booklet explains Medicare coverage of diabetes supplies and services in Original Medicare and with Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). ​Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
​NIH SeniorHealth provides health and wellness information for older adults. Its “What is Diabetes?” section defines the different types of diabetes, explains commons signs, and provides information about managing the disease. ​National Institutes of Health
​This brochure explains the issue of diabetes and steps an older adult can take to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. This resource also includes tips for living with diabetes. ​Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) / National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
​This booklet gives an overview of Medicare's covered preventive services. It has coverage information for a variety of diabetes-related services, including diabetes screening, diabetes self-management training, medical nutrition therapy if you have diabetes or kidney disease, foot exams, and smoking cessation. ​Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
​This booklet describes the health care services and supplies that Medicare covers, and how to get those benefits through Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). ​Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
​Use this search page to learn what diabetes tests, services, or supplies are covered by Medicare. ​Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

If you know of a resource to add to this collection, visit the Submit a Resource page to complete the submission form.

Visit our Diabetes HealthSense online library for additional behavior change resources for older adults.​​​​​​

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

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