Diabetes Technology and Older Adults: Special Considerations


Advances in technology are paving the future of improved diabetes management. This lecture will review available research on the use of diabetes technologies such as continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps in the older adult population, and highlight barriers and special considerations for use in this population. Case studies of patient use with visual, functional, and cognitive impairments will showcase these special considerations, suggest appropriate accommodations, and provide practical applications for RDNs.

Planned with the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group

Learning Objectives

Identify barriers and special considerations for use of diabetes technology in older adults

Determine the most appropriate types of diabetes technology for older adults on an individualized basis

Develop diabetes care plans that adequately support older adults to benefit from diabetes technology

Performance Indicators

9.4 Provides nutrition and dietetic education to a variety of individuals, groups and populations

4.2 Exercises critical thinking when faced with opportunities and challenges

10.3 Establishes and implements evidence-based nutrition interventions to address PES statements and client/patient goals


Emily Schilling

Nutrition Manager

Upham's Community Care

Uyen "Tina" Lam

Assistant Director/Instructor

University of IL Chicago


Kimberly Duhon

Registered Dietitian

PACE Lafayette

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