Managing Diabetes Care in Older Adults

As Americans grow older, they represent a higher proportion of patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Many age-related changes, such as complex comorbid medical issues, affect the clinical presentation of type 2 diabetes, making its management in older adults problematic. This activity will review how physiologic changes associated with aging impact the diagnosis, medical management, lifestyle management, and treatment of the comorbidities of diabetes in older adults. In addition, a review of the latest society guidelines for treatment of diabetes in this population and recommendations for lifestyle modifications will be addressed, along with strategies for discussing these guidelines and recommendations with patients.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Recognize the physiologic changes associated with aging that increase older adult patients’ vulnerability to the manifestations of diabetes
  2. Distinguish guidelines set forth by the American Diabetes Association, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Choosing Wisely® Initiative
  3. Identify barriers and strategies to improve management of diabetes in older adult patients based on the latest evidence-based guidelines

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Activity Planners
Kathleen Alsgaard, RN, BSN, MSA
Director, Clinical Programs
Healthcare Transformation, UnitedHealth Group Alliances
Medicare & Retirement

Diane Cempellin RN, BSN, MSHA
Director, Clinical Programs
Healthcare Transformation, UnitedHealth Group Alliances

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

David Martin, MD
UnitedHealth Group Alliances
Medicare & Retirement

Ann McKnight, BA
Sr. Project Manager II
UnitedHealth Group Alliances

Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications

Activity Planner Disclosures
Ms Alsgaard, Ms Cempellin, Ms Gleason, Ms McKnight, Dr Martin, and Ms Rome reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr Silverstein has nothing to report.

Reviewer Disclosures
To ensure fair balance and avoid bias, the content for this activity has been reviewed by an independent medical expert with no relevant financial relationships and has been approved by OptumHealth Education.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
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Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Provided By
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.

Commercial Support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers who have an interest in topics relevant to diabetes care in older adults.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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