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NHS Diabetes Older People Network
The older people diabetes network is led by NHS Diabetes & IDOP (The Institute of Diabetes for Older People). It aims to bring together health and social care professionals who share a common goal: to ensure that older people with diabetes get the best possible care. Network membership is open to those who work in diabetes services, older peoples services, social care, the third sector and the private sector. Membership is also open to service users and their families or carers. The network is supported by four area Champions and four dedicated network coordinators (download the flyer for more information).
Why are we doing this?
Diabetes in older people is common, often serious and complex. One in four older people in residential and nursing care will have diabetes and preventing complications in this group is a priority. Diabetes and age-related decline are strongly associated with major metabolic disturbance, vascular disease, functional loss, cognitive dysfunction, depressive illness, infections and falls. Innovative strategies are needed to minimise the negative impact of diabetes in this group. The challenge is to ensure that diabetes is not a barrier to excellent care in old age and that old age is not a barrier to excellent diabetes care.
See below for more details about our older people's network: