Grey nomads with diabetes self management

Grey nomads with diabetes self management on the road

CPD Hours: 1
Current as at 15 October 2021
This paper reviews the lifestyle of grey nomads, their health and health service utilization. It alerts us on the healthcare needs of grey nomads in terms of management of diabetes, whilst travelling to pursue their adventure interests.

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“Study the impact of long travel in remote areas on the health outcomes of grey nomads in Australia”

Course Content

Age is a principle concept around which we organise perceptions about ourselves.

Increasingly, more traditional representations of the elderly are being complemented by newer representations that construct the elderly as “active” or “remarkably youthful”.

Whilst there is a lot of publicity about the lifestyle of grey nomads, there is very little published information about their health and health service utilization, and almost none in the medical literature. The term “grey nomad” is most commonly used within Australia to describe retired Australians who travel in caravans and motor homes. For the most part, it is a relatively neutral term used to identify a particular group of travellers much the same way as the term “backpackers” is used.

Grey nomads have similar health outcomes to other Australian retirees but are seemingly resilient, adapting to the ongoing frailties of their aging bodies in order to carry on touring for as long as possible. This paper alerts us on the healthcare needs of grey nomads in terms of management of diabetes, whilst travelling to pursue their adventure interests.

Healthcare discourses of grey nomads as being unprepared for the rigours of travelling Australia while suffering from the pathology of old age, highlight the conflict between healthcare governance of the elderly (or a biomedical approach) and expectations of personal responsibility for health maintenance (or a biopsychosocial approach).

Health provision in rural and remote Australia is known to be inadequate compared to regional centres and cities in Australia. The data presented in this paper has the purpose of identifying whether the grey nomad population in Australia places a burden on the health system; and looks at how prepared and sensible grey nomads are about their health, and whether they carefully anticipate the health and safety requirements of travel in rural and remote Australia. 

Further research on the health of grey nomads is needed, and in particular their use of self-care strategies, and their uptake of health services both on the road and at home; so to inform the provision of health services and optimise their well-being and health care utilisation.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Study the impact of long travel in remote areas on the health outcomes of grey nomads in Australia
  • Discriminate between the population of over 55 staying home and the population travelling as grey nomads
  • Specify the most pressing issues related to grey nomads’ self-management of diabetes
  • Recognize methods that have the potential to improve the health outcomes for grey nomads self-managing diabetes
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