Fortunately, there are plenty of resources for the elderly with T1DM who are on a fixed income and may not be able to afford all their medications and doctor's visits. Too many people are unaware of the resources in the following sections or don't make use of them. That's a big mistake. Use all the tools at your disposal so you can continue to live a great life with T1DM, even as a
ëHere a few more helpful resources that the elderly can use:
1 Head to Chapter 2 for details on gathering a diabetes team, including a specialist, a diabetes educator, and other fine folks.
1 Appendix B has Internet resources for the latest information. Every one of them has something useful for the elderly person with T1DM. If you don't have a computer or an Internet connection, get one, ask a family member or neighbor for help, or get help at the local library. You're never too old to learn to use a computer. (Plus you can e-mail your grandchildren!)
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