I don't mean to downplay your indignation at this article, Trudy. Even the limitations put on resources by Medicare (like CGMs) and the increased paperwork to get what we need is annoying as heck. But I was actually actually pleasantly surprised as to how intelligent this article was. Most articles/commercials, etc about D frustrate me with the number of inaccuracies. I also find that the attitude towards treating the "elderly" is often quite condescending giving them even less credit for intelligence and self sufficiency than the D population as a whole get from the medical community.
But this article acknowledged the complexity we all know insulin use to be, referred to counting carbs to determine mealtime doses, and referred to the problem of confusing short and long acting insulin (suggesting different packaging....great idea!). He does clarify after the statement quoted about "thinking twice about prescribing insulin for people over 80" that Type 1 Diabetics MUST take insulin and earlier mentions that many Type 2's do as well. (especially elderly patients who have had it longer and had more loss of production - my comment). He doesn't mention pumps or cgms which is a big omission imho.
I think encouraging older people to become comfortable with the internet is always a positive thing as then they can come to TuD! It also, in general reduces possible isolation.
I also think a mentor program would be a great idea. Younger PWDs could partner with elderly ones. The younger PWD could visit the older one on an agreed upon schedule and help with anything needed D-wise and the older one could be a great source of information and experience to a newly diagnosed young PWD. They could also connect by phone either routinely or in a crisis if the older person needed assistance from someone who totally understands.
I agree that the bottom line good that can come out of this study is not more limitations but more ways of helping older people in our country (a growing population!) get what they need to manage well both Type 1 and Type 2 D. Starting, in the case of Type 1 is convincing the public that not all Type 1's are 12 years old!