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Frailty expert stresses need for 'high-quality, individualised' diabetes care among older people
Frailty expert stresses need for 'high-quality, individualised' diabetes care among older people
As life expectancy and the prevalence of diabetes in the UK continue to rise, so do the complexities and challenges faced by healthcare professionals responsible for prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions among older people.\\r\\nThe free-to-attend Diabetes Professional Care 2019 (DPC2019) conference, will have a key focus on individualised care among older and frail people, including a series of CPD-accredited sessions, tailored to different levels of experience across all care settings. \\r\\nProf Alan Sinclair, Director of Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People (FDROP) and Diabetes Frail Ltd said, 'A high-quality, individualised approach should be the cornerstone of the diabetes care received by older people. \\r\\n'Multiple comorbidities associated with ageing, combined with the increased prevalence of geriatric syndromes and frailty, contribute to the complexity of managing diabetes in older people. If healthcare professionals and care home teams recognise these unique challenges then we can begin finding solutions, addressing the declining diabetes health of this vulnerable sector of people who deserve the best possible level of care.\\r\\n\\r\\n'I applaud DPC for highlighting and championing this very important area of care. The 2019 DPC programme is the first large-scale conference on diabetes that has included, quite rightfully, a major series of high-quality presentations on key aspects of diabetes in older people. These should prove very educational and enlightening for UK health professionals and others attending, and hopefully influence future clinical behaviour favourably.'\\r\\nDuring the two-day DPC2019 conference, Professor Sinclair will be presenting a session on 'Type 1 diabetes in older adults - key features and management guidance' with Dr David Strain and Prof Ketan Dhatariya. \\r\\nAlso speaking as part of a panel session on multi-morbidity care, the frailty expert will discuss will how multimorbidity influences clinical decision-making when caring for people living with diabetes who also have frailty and dementia. Healthcare professionals in attendence will also gain practical clinical skills on how to approach cardio-metabolic disease, and how we should approach developing a practical method of management of these conditions in a setting of diabetes.\\r\\nDiabetes Professional Care 2019 (DPC2019) is free to attend for all healthcare professionals, commissioners and CCG leads involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions. \\r\\nThe two-day conference and exhibition will take place at Olympia London on October 29 and 30 and features nine main conference theatres and seven practical comorbidity clinics. \\r\\nHealthcare professionals can register online via www.diabetesprofessionalcare.com/register/ or call 023 8081 1551 to book a free place.

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