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Diabetes Prevention and Control

Types of Diabetes

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Contact us:

E-mail: Diabetes@alaska.gov
Phone: 907-269-8035
Fax: 907-269-5446

Diabetes and the Elderly

Living with diabetes, is a challenge. As one gets older, this challenge may increase. However, this challenge is not impossible. We care about our elderly population and want to ensure due diligence and care is provided to them. 

Some of the things that happen when we get older:

  • The risk for Type 2 diabetes increases. Did you know? 1 out of 4 people over the age of 60 have diabetes. Learn more. 
  • It becomes difficult to take care of ourselves, and we may decide to use long term care. What is long term care? 
  • We seek help from others, and may decide to go to a nursing home. Did you know 1 out of 3 nursing facility residents has diabetes. Learn more.
  • It becomes difficult to hear. Diabetes and hearing loss are two of the most widespread health concerns in the United States for the elderly. Learn more.

Diabetes, the Elderly, and Alaska

We have limited information on the effects of diabetes on the Alaskan elderly population. What we know:

  • Older people, ages 65-74, are projected to be at a higher risk for diabetes
  • Older adults have multiple medical problems, therefore we have more than one program available. Have you heard of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program? This six-week program, free of charge, provides seniors with multiple medical problems the skills necessary to understand how to manage their disease(s). Learn more.
  • Diabetes is twice as common in the Alaska Native population than in the general population. There is belief that depression in patients with diabetes remains undiagnosed among the Alaska Native population. Learn more.
  • All diabetes patients should be screened for depression. This is done via the screening instrument, PHQ-9

    If you believe you have depression, or need to talk to someone, please contact: 1-877-266-4357, or text 4help to 839863.

Effective Planning for Later Years

As you approach the later years, be sure to keep informed and plan accordingly. Get informed today!

Medicare

Medicare can help pay for diabetes tests, supplies, special shoes, foot exams, eye tests, and meal planning. Be sure to check what your Medicare plan covers and find more information by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov.

For More Information

  • American Diabetes Association
    1701 North Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    1-800-342-2383 (toll-free)
    www.diabetes.org
  • National Diabetes Education Program
    One Diabetes Way
    Bethesda, MD 20814-9692
    1-888-693-6337 (toll-free)
    www.ndep.nih.gov
  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    1 Information Way
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
    1-800-860-8747 (toll-free)
    1-866-569-1162 (TTY/toll-free)
    www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
  • National Institute on Aging and Information Center
    PO BOX 8057
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057
    1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)
    1-800-222-4225 (TTY/toll-free)
    www.nia.nih.gov
    www.nia.nih.gov/espanol


To learn more contact: Diabetes@alaska.gov