The following is a guest Blog Post from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in recognition of Diabetes Alert Day (March 28th)
Type 2 diabetes is a serious and costly public health issue affecting tens of millions of Americans. Older adults have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For those over 65, 1 in every 2 has prediabetes. In Massachusetts, there may be as many as 1.8 million adults who have prediabetes.
What is prediabetes? Prediabetes happens when blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes.
An intervention, however, in the form of a prediabetes screening and referral to an evidence-based lifestyle change program, can help prevent the development of diabetes and the many serious conditions and complications associated with it. Continue reading
An ideal age-friendly community is one where residents take responsibility for the well-being of older adults, but as the Boston Globe explored in a recent article, reporting potential abuse or neglect of an elder friend or neighbor may not be so straightforward.
Highlighting a local case of elder neglect that gained national attention, the Globe article mentioned how the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and City of Boston offer ways to report concern for older adults.
Making the call is an act that people struggle with, as the Globe found, but different communities take different approaches. The article began with a Billerica police officer that performs wellness checks on behalf of the town’s council on aging and concluded with a letter carrier from Nahant who had no issue making the call for an older adult on his route who experienced a stroke.
See the full article here and the elder abuse hotlines listed by the Globe story below:
Where to report concerns about older adults:
- Concerns about elder abuse or neglect can be reported statewide to the Elder Abuse Hotline 24 hours a day: 800-922-2275
- Regarding elders residing in the city of Boston, one can also file a report with Central Boston Elder Services during business hours: 617-442-4200º
- For questions regarding elder services, other than reports of abuse or neglect, call 800-AGE-INFO (243-4636)
- If you fear an emergency, call the police: 911