Older Adults

Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults.

Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic.

Although the burden of diabetes is often described in terms of its impact on working-aged adults, the disease also affects longevity, functional status, and risk of institutionalization for older patients.

Download Living Healthy with Diabetes: A Guide for Adults 55 and Up to learn more.

Older Adult Outreach Program

To address this need, the American Diabetes Association is developing an older adult outreach program.

Our Senior Signature Series is a targetsolder adults across the nation. Our goals are to address the needs of this group of constituents and increase the level of awareness about the high prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among our seniors.

The Senior Signature Series educates older adults and the general community about:

  • how to reduce the burden of living with diabetes
  • steps to reduce their risk for diabetes and its complications
  • the work of the American Diabetes Association
  • ways people can Share-Act-Learn-Give to help Stop Diabetes.

A Senior Signature Series event is a half-day educational event inviting individuals age 65 years and older to learn more about diabetes.

Contact your local office at 1-888-342-2383 to see if this program is in your area.

  • Last Reviewed: January 27, 2014
  • Last Edited: January 28, 2014

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