Pen considerations for elderly people

Blood glucose control becomes more important as you get older, because you are more likely to have an increased risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and other health issues, such as:

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less food intake as well as not drinking enough fluid

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a mix of medications that can affect your energy level and how you use sugar

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mobility and joint problems (being able to walk or using your hands, especially important when preparing insulin)

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vision problems

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mental confusion and depression

If you are not already, it might therefore be worth considering using an insulin pen rather than syringes and vials, as they are much easier to use.

Type 2 patient (Tara) removing insulin pen from fridge

For instance InnoLet® has a large dosing dial for easy reading and an easy-to-use action that allows those with joint problems, such as arthritis, to administer their own injections easily.

Across our range we also have devices that:

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remind you when your last dose was and when it was taken

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are colour coded to make it easy to tell which insulin you are using

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do not have dose buttons that extend, as well as needing less pressure to inject regardless of dose

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give an end-of-dose click providing you with confidence that the dose has been delivered accurately

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have a dose-setting mechanism that does not allow a dose larger than that left over in the pen to be injected

Insulin pen lying on top of plug sockets

For more information on caring for the elderly, read our section on caring for adults


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