Omaha, NE (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 - Diabetes already afflicts 26.9 percent of this nation’s 65-and-over population – that’s 10.9 million seniors. What’s more, half of all Americans who are 65 and older have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for the affliction that is the major cause of heart disease and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts that one in three Americans – regardless of age – will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050. With those daunting numbers in mind, the Home Instead Senior Care® network has created a six-part video series, “Diabetes in Older Adults,” which presents a broad view of the incurable disease from prevention to management. For seniors and their caregivers, it’s a must-see video series that discusses risk factors, symptoms, warning signs, diagnosis and potential complications.
One of the biggest health threats that U.S. seniors face is diabetes, an incurable disease that is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. More than one-fourth of Americans who are 65 and older have diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin and is characterized by high blood glucose levels.
The Home Instead Senior Care® network has produced a new six-part video series, “Diabetes in Older Adults,” that helps seniors understand the disease, discusses steps in prevention, reveals warning signs and symptoms of diabetes, presents methods of diagnosis, describes complications and offers management techniques.
“The series sounds a warning for seniors. We felt an obligation to them and to their caregivers to emphasize the threat from a disease that, by all accounts from experts in the medical community, has soared to an epidemic level in the United States. If current trends continue, experts predict that one of three U.S. adults will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050,” said President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Huber of Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. “A person with diabetes has a shorter life expectancy and about twice the risk of dying on any given day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he noted.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations and new cases of blindness among American adults. Of the 25.8 million children and adults who have diabetes, at least 10.9 million are seniors, reports the American Diabetes Association. Furthermore, 79 million Americans have prediabetes in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Those with prediabetes have a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Half of all seniors 65 and older are believed to have prediabetes, and as many as seven million people have diabetes but are undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Home Instead Senior Care network’s video series takes viewers through progressive steps, from describing the three most common types of diabetes, to providing an overview of prediabetes, to offering techniques to manage the disease.
The experts explain:
Huber pointed out that the Home Instead Senior Care network offers additional information about diabetes and other illnesses and conditions on its website. “Diabetes may be preventable and controllable,” Huber said, “and that’s something we wanted to stress to seniors and their caregivers.”
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.
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