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This article discusses the challenges faced by older adults with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides recommendations for their care. The challenges include access to healthcare, prevalence of comorbid conditions, burden of self-care, psychological stress, and problems with obtaining medication and equipment. The recommendations made to address these problems include the use of telemedicine and applications to monitor glycemic control, consolidation of medication doses, modification of self-care practices to improve adherence, screening for mental health issues, and providing longer-term prescription refills and access to back-up medical equipment.
This article provides useful information on the challenges faced by older adults with diabetes and also provides some strategies that can be used to improve care for this patient population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Across the world, older adults (aged ≥70 years) with comorbidities such as diabetes are at highest risk of adverse outcomes and mortality caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1-3 These unprecedented times pose a great challenge to this heterogeneous population with varying levels of complexity, frailty, and multimorbidity, as their normal routines have been disrupted while respecting social distancing measures. This has greatly affected their ability to access and receive health care, obtain diabetes medications and supplies, and maintain a healthy lifestyle and social connections. Unlike other situations in their lifetime, this pandemic has potential to last for many months. In this Viewpoint, we present the challenges that older adults with diabetes may encounter and offer practical recommendations to care for them during the COVID-19 pandemic.