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Seniors With Diabetes


Seniors With Diabetes

Are you 55 or older? Do you have questions, experiences, or issues you would like to discuss? No matter what type of diabetes you have, join us.

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Original medicare and advantage plans

Started by Ila Sep 28, 2014. 0 Replies

I have a decision to make between original Medicare and one of the advantage plans. Have any of you switched from original Medicare to an advantage plan or from an advantage plan to original Medicare?Continue


Started by Zoe. Last reply by GRBernard Mar 1, 2014. 9 Replies

So yesterday I had one of my regular lunches, but one that is on the higher carb side - fruit salad for 37 carbs. When i tested before lunch I was 69 so I thought I'd stall and not pre-bolus as I…Continue

length of diabetes

Started by shoshana27. Last reply by Linda G Dec 7, 2013. 7 Replies

i am 80 & have had t1 for 77 years since i was not yet 3.went through ww2 in france & came to the usa with my parents in 1952.have 3 children & 5 grandkids.Continue

Where Do You Order Insulin Pump Supplies?

Started by Gerry. Last reply by shoshana27 Dec 7, 2013. 2 Replies

When I ordered my quarterly pump supplies today, I was informed by the Liberty Medical rep that they no long dispense insulin. The biggest reason I did business with Liberty was that they (were) a…Continue

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Comment by Gail on March 24, 2015 at 4:34pm
Hi all, I have had Type 1 since 1962, a whole 53 years. I was 8 when I was diagnosed . Things have changed so much over the years. I used to be on a pump, but due to the cost I am now on MDI. Has anyone had problems with their eyes?
Comment by Ila on October 26, 2014 at 6:11am

What goals has your doctor set for you as far as BGs and A1C? I just read an article that the older you get, the less restrictive these are.

Comment by Ila on September 28, 2014 at 11:59am

I just added a discussion. I have a Medicare Advantage plan and am considering switching to original Medicare. I would appreciate those that have experience with both responding to,this discussion.

Comment by Zoe on September 26, 2014 at 12:12pm

There is an interesting thread on the main board about flu vaccines for PWD's

I find it interesting that nowhere in that article does it differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2!

Comment by Emily Coles on September 26, 2014 at 11:31am

It's flu season!!  Many doctors recommend that people with diabetes, and especially those over 65 years old, get flu shots.  Here's why.

Comment by Bill on November 16, 2012 at 8:01am

Hi All I am new this only had Diabetes since 2010 I am on Lantus take it at night before I go to bed for now I am looking forward to meeting you all so that we can share what we know about this and I hope to learn a lot from all of you Thanks for letting me in your group Bill

Comment by GRBernard on August 28, 2012 at 9:39am

Hey Girl - I wear my gray hair and wrinkles with pride 'cause I have come by them honestly :-)

>> 65+ is one big end of the road.

I think it's wishful thinking on their part because we get harder to handle as we "mature".

Some time ago at my Doc's office I was checking my shot-record with his new nurse. I was due for a pneumonia shot (my memory tells me it's a 2-shot series, I'd had the first one and 5-years had passed making the second and final one due). She gave me the shot and then said "OK, that will take care of you for 5-years" then following a momentary pause looking at my med.records she said "Oh! You won't need another one". My reply to that was "Why, aren't you expecting me to make another 5-years?"
The poor girl was dancing-and-dodging around trying to re-phrase her comment. Fortunately my Doc came in, poked me in the shoulder and told me it was OK for me to harass him but the nursing staff is off-limits.

Your track record sounds like mine. My whole story is at but in a word, I'm very proud and happy to report that having accepted reality, as my Doc tells me, my results include good news and bad news:
- The Good-News is I have proven that all of his preaching was absolutely valid.
- The Bad-News is he will have to deal with me for more years that he had planned on.

As long as you can pass the "Get-Vertical Test" in the morning everything else is trivia.

Hang-in there and keep swinging

Comment by OBX OMA on August 28, 2012 at 9:09am

I'm 64 - will be 65 in december. Have you noticed that when checking age for a number of questionnaires, etc., 65+ is one big end of the road. Like you have no future!

I have type 2, diagnosed 9 months ago. I was inching in that direction for two years and didn't do anything to prevent it. Very heavy, no exercise, but very involved in my community. I don't know if you can say you deserve diabetes but for an intelligent person, I was in great denial that anything could happen to me.

But it did, and it could be worse

Comment by Linda G on July 25, 2012 at 10:48am

The coverage is via group insurance at the school I am employed and my husband, now retired, is under my umbrella. When I DO retire...6+ years from now (would love to retire earlier...we shall see!)...the cost of coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions, via the company I am currently dealing with would have us living out of cardboard boxes!!! So here too...will have to look into a government generated retirement health compensation of sorts.

Comment by Zoe on July 25, 2012 at 9:59am

Thanks, Ila. I'm fortunate to have fully paid for private insurance for life; at least assuming the rural county that pays the premium doesn't go bankrupt! It actually isn't my insurance company that regulates it but CalPers (the California Public Employees Retirement System) and they seem to have it all laid out how it integrates with Medicare.


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