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  • Writer's pictureAlex Strein, MBA

Managing Diabetes

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

By: Community Director



Diabetes is on the rise in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 37.3 million Americans had a diagnosis of diabetes in 2019, 15.9 million of which were senior citizens. Diabetes can be managed, but if not treated properly, it can cause other health problems such as neuropathy, heart disease and kidney disease. Since these conditions impact many senior citizens, it is especially important for those with diabetes to do their best to make sure that their blood sugar stays under control. There are multiple aspects of Assisted Living that can help residents maintain healthy blood sugar and lead healthy lives.

Medication Reminders and Assistance

In Kentucky, Assisted Living communities, like The Paragon, can help residents maintain healthy blood glucose levels by offering medication assistance. Trained staff can remind residents when to check their glucose and when to take medications. Staff can also assist in clerical functions like reading charts for sliding scales, reading medication instructions and writing down readings in a resident’s health journal. These measures help residents stay on schedule with their readings and medications.


Providing Balanced Meals

Paragon Residents are provided three restaurant-style meals each day. We are able to offer low sugar options to ensure that diabetic residents are receiving meals to meet their needs. Residents no longer have to worry about grocery shopping or the time and effort it takes to prepare nutritious meals for themselves. Additionally, eating on a regular schedule helps the body to regulate glucose levels.


Exercise

Being active is integral to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps the body be less susceptible to swings in blood sugar, promotes better circulation and overall health. The Paragon offers exercise classes an average of 5 times a week. These classes focus on strength, stamina and balance.

Additionally, Assisted Living at The Paragon includes additional security and safety measures. If a resident were to have a medical emergency, relating to their sugar or otherwise, there is staff onsite 24 hours a day that can appropriately respond to their needs.

Diabetes can be daunting for anyone, but especially for seniors. Making the move to an Assisted Living community can help seniors manage their diabetes while still offering independence. Contact The Paragon today to schedule your tour.




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