The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that diabetes cost the United States $327 billion in 2017. Of that amount, $237 billion went for direct medical costs, and lost productivity accounted for $90 billion .
But those huge numbers don’t show the human suffering caused by this disease.
Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90-95% of all cases, is a devastating illness. The high levels of sugar in the blood destroy nerves and tissue throughout the body. As a result, the complications of diabetes range from head to toe, literally: diabetes causes an increased risk of stroke, kidney failure, and foot problems that can become life-threatening.
Diabetes is a special concern for older people; it affects just under 10% of the general US population, but 25% of seniors. Moreover, one in every three people with diabetes is unaware that they have it, thus increasing their risk of dangerous complications.
The condition known as prediabetes, in which blood sugar is elevated but is still below the threshold for diabetes, affects 37% of US adults. Up to 70% of them will go on to develop full-blown diabetes.
Diabetes is deadly: it is the seventh leading cause of death in the US, contributing to the deaths of nearly 250,000 people every year. In addition, it is the leading cause of foot and leg amputations, accounting for 60% of all amputations; the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of all cases; and the leading cause of adult blindness.
What’s worse, the incidence of diabetes in increasing. If present trends continue, as many as one in every three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
Preventing type 2 diabetes is an important part of maintaining the health and quality of life of senior citizens, the age group that is most at risk for the disease.
At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, our care programs are designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of seniors and long-term care patients. We emphasize restorative care, maximizing each patient’s potential to regain and maintain function and mobility.
We foster an environment that is cheerful and enthusiastic, so residents truly relish and appreciate life.
Our outstanding Social Services team works hard to ensure that every resident thrives socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.
We carefully select, train and re-train our wonderful caregivers, who are especially sensitive to the needs of our long-term care patients. They treat residents with love, compassion, and dignity.
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