Diabetes Management in Older Adults

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

ONLINE – login information will be emailed the week before the course start date


$599 domestic / $898 international


13 weeks


Trisha O’Connor, RN, CDE

Learner Outcomes

Students in the Diabetes Management in Older Adults course will explore theories and techniques to assist older adult (over the age of 70) patients with diabetes in sustaining the best quality of life possible. Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of diabetes (types, symptoms, and diagnosis), its development, progression and management in an older adult
  • Develop, adapt and implement protocols related to diabetes care in a long-term care setting or a community setting
  • Explain the importance of and advocate for a planned approach for managing diabetes among older adults living in long term care facilities or in the community
  • Identify how to access resources for ongoing learning regarding diabetes
  • Demonstrate a commitment to self-directed learning and professional development

Course Objectives

Diabetes Management in Older Adults, updated to meet the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines and the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Practice, is designed to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the care and management of older adults living with diabetes. In addition, you will explore the most effective means to educate your patients, their families, and other healthcare providers.

Evaluation Method

Evaluation Item Due Date
Online Discussion – Part One Weeks 1-5
Online Case Conference Weeks 6-9
Online Discussion – Part Two Weeks 10-11
Online Written Assignment end of Week 12
Web-based Final Examination Week 13

Intended For

This course is for all practicing health professionals with knowledge of diabetes and its management looking to explore diabetes in older adults. This course will help build on basic knowledge already in place.

Start Date: February 26, 2024

End Date: May 26, 2024

Register By: February 18, 2024

Text Book

All course material is available online.


  • Working knowledge of basic diabetes care and management
  • Computer literacy
    • Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account
    • Access to and basic proficiency with a PDF reader, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint are also required as they are used to access course material and submit evaluation items

Topics Covered

  • Challenges of managing diabetes in the older adult
  • Managing blood glucose
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Anti-hyperglycemic agents
  • Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia
  • Diabetes and Dementia
  • Chronic complications
  • Frailty and Geriatric Syndromes
  • Advocating for change

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COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Proof of full vaccination (2 doses) for all learners is required for all onsite attendance at Michener.
Fully online courses do not require proof of vaccination.

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