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Diabetes and Its Impact on the Ageing Person

Ageing people requiring care are somewhat at the mercy of those responsible for their care. This situation necessitates a current knowledge of diabetes management and care from attendant health care professionals. In addition, those preparing meals need some guidance to ensure the provision of healthy and nutritious meals. Carers need to be alert to potential complications of diabetes (e.g. sick days, foot injuries, side effects of insulin administration) and must know how to respond to these situations so as to minimise problems. This chapter reviews the clinical signs and symptoms of diabetes and discusses the impact of this disease upon the person and the carer.

Contents include

  • What is diabetes?
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Diabetes management
  • What all health professionals should know
  • Impact upon the person
  • Impact upon the carer
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Author / Editor Biographies

Christine Crosbie has worked in the area of diabetes education for 19 years. In this time she has been instrumental in establishing the client and health professional education programs at the International Diabetes Institute. She is particularly interested in the development of client-centered integrated models of care that are efficient in terms of health, cost and resources. Christine has provided diabetes consultancy services at state and national level in Australia, as well as internationally. She has also been actively involved with the planning of postgraduate diabetes education program...

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