Week 8 | care of older adults | Rasmussen College System


Module 08 Content

The topic is diabetes

  1. Course Competency:
    • Identify local, state, and national resources which facilitate safe and effective transitions of care for older adults.
    • Your supervisor at Rasmussen Home Health Services is satisfied with the resources described in your annotated bibliography and is eager for you to continue your work. As a next step, your supervisor wants you to develop and share the following items with them.
    1. Write an introduction about your in-service presentation topic.
    2. Create an outline that identifies and describes the important content areas for your in-service presentation topic.
    3. Write a conclusion.
    4. Provide an APA formatted References list that contains at least 2 credible references that you intend to cite in your presentation.




Diabetes is the problem that I would teach the clients who are older adults and or with their family members. It is a common disorder in adults that affects how one’s body turns food into energy (Gregory et al., 2018). Diabetes disease usually occurs when a person’s blood sugar is too high. Older adults need to learn about the causes of diabetes, such as inactive lifestyle and overweight, to prevent them. However, various consequences of diabetes tend to affect older adults’ well-being, health and safety. 

The first one is that it may result in an eye problem known as diabetic retinopathy. It is a kind of a disease that affects the eyesight of individuals who have diabetes. Additionally, diabetes also causes foot problems that can result in amputation if one fails to treat it (Maranta, Cianfanelli, & Cianflone, 2020). When the blood sugar is high, it can affect circulation, making the sores and the cuts heal slowly. The third consequence of diabetes is that it can cause stroke and heart attack. When one suffers from diabetes, high blood sugar levels for some time tend to damage the blood vessels, resulting in heart attacks and strokes in older adults. Besides, kidney problem is another consequence of diabetes. It may lead to kidney damage over a long time; hence it becomes difficult for the body to clear wastes from the body due to the high blood sugar levels (Maneze et al., 2019). Finally, diabetes also causes damage to the nerves, which is also known as neuropathy, due to the complications of high blood sugar levels. That condition makes it difficult for the nerves to pass messages between the brain and other body parts. It can affect how people see, move, feel or hear.

My main reason for selecting diabetes is that older adults and their family members need to know the causes and consequences of the problem. Thus, they will know how to manage it. Learning about the control of diabetes will enable them to save time and money.


Maranta, F., Cianfanelli, L., & Cianflone, D. (2020). Glycaemic control and vascular complications in diabetes mellitus type 2. In Diabetes: from Research to Clinical Practice (pp. 129-152). Springer, Cham.

Maneze, D., Weaver, R., Kovai, V., Salamonson, Y., Astorga, C., Yogendran, D., & Everett, B. (2019). “Some say no, some say yes”: Receiving inconsistent or insufficient information from healthcare professionals and consequences for diabetes self-management: A qualitative study in patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes research and clinical practice, 156, 107830.

Gregory, N. S., Seley, J. J., Dargar, S. K., Galla, N., Gerber, L. M., & Lee, J. I. (2018). Strategies to prevent readmission in high-risk patients with diabetes: the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. Current diabetes reports, 18(8), 1-7.