Affordable Care Act provides free diabetes screenings for older adults

Bryan Aldrige

March 23, 2011

Specialist Larry White of the La Crosse County Aging Unit in Wisconsin recently told The La Crosse Tribune that there is no better time for seniors to receive a diabetes screening, because the new changes to the healthcare law means that Medicare will pay for the service.

"There has never been a time in the history of healthcare for seniors to better take care of themselves," he said. He added that around three out of every four Americans age 65 and over have diabetes or prediabetes.

Thanks to the healthcare reform package, patients won't even have to pay a co-pay or deductible.

Those with diabetes are much more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke as well. Seniors with chronic conditions who want to live independently may want to install a medical alarm system in their home. This device can be used to send a personal emergency response message if one is in need of assistance.

Memphis' The Commercial Appeal newspaper recently touched on how Americans can try and prevent the development of diabetes as they age. The three greatest risk factors are being overweight or out of shape or if one is older than 45.  

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