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February is Low Vision Awareness Month in San Diego CA

Cataract Awareness, Conditions And Treatment

The basic definition of a cataract is where there is a clouding of the lens of the eye. When this takes place the light that normally enters the eye is changed or blocked off. Behind the colored iris and pupil lies the actual lens of the human eye. This lens is basically transparent and helps to focus images viewed onto what is called the retina of the eye. The retina is the part of the eye which sends the images that people see straight to their brain to be decoded. The most basic cause of eye loss stemming from a cataract forces vision to become dim or sometimes blurry. So how often do cataracts affect ordinary people in the world? One of the top causes of blindness and poor vision amongst older adults in countries like the Unites States is a cataract. There is an estimated twenty million folks in the USA alone that are around the age of forty, and they all have a cataract. 

It has been proven that literally one half of the people in America will develop a cataract by the time they have reached eighty. There are even studies showing a cataract forming in newborn babies, and some percentage of young people. Nobody really knows the exact reasons a cataract forms, but it has been assumed that they generally come along with age. So the older a person gets the more likely they are to form a cataract. There are also a multitude of risk factors that can cause a cataract. These include diseases like diabetes, extremely hot temperatures, long periods of exposure to the suns UV rays, inflammation of the eye, genetic factors, prolonged use of steroids, diseases that form in the eye, injuries to the eye, and smoking all play a role in the risk of a cataract forming. 

So what are the general symptoms associated with a cataract? It is well known that cataracts cannot cause conditions such as tears, pain, or redness, yet there are a few warning signs a person can use to judge if there is a possibility they have a cataract. These are things like feeling as if there is some sort of film cover, or ghost images and blurry vision. Also if there is a startling feeling that spawns from being exposed to very strong light. Also if the person often has a hard time seeing close-range objects. Sometimes it is even possible to physically spot a cataract, and they will normally have a sort of milky look to them and resemble a yellowish spot in the pupil. So what are some of the treatments that are available for older adults with poor vision? 

It is actually a common fact that most eye problems can be cured if they are treated as soon as they are discovered. Just like with any other disease if it is discovered early there is a much better chance of curing it, and avoid longer-term damages. The most important factor when it comes to safeguarding a person’s vision is taking part in eye exams regularly. Any person who is 65 and older should have a full eye exam completed at least one time every 1 to 2 years. This should be done even if there are no apparent eye conditions at the time. One more step to maintaining healthy vision is to ask the eye doctor for what is known as a dilated exam of the eye, and this just adds an extra level of safety against these sorts of conditions.

The caregivers at Age Advantage are available to talk with you and your family about all of your live-in home care needs. Age Advantage is a home care agency providing quality, affordable home care in San Diego CA and the surrounding areas.

The Advantages Of Elderly Home Care In San Diego CA

Elderly Home Care – The Advantages
By:Bob Kohut

In many ways we are now experiencing a “perfect storm” which is making elderly home care the only viable choice for taking care of many our seniors.  With declining incomes coupled with rising expenses and a rapidly aging population, retirement communities and assisted living centers are being priced beyond the reach of many.

There are many ways to provide elderly home care – from retrofitting the home for safety to hiring professional in-home care givers.  As with many things in life there is both an upside and a downside to elderly home care.  Let’s first look at the major advantages:

  1. Allows seniors to maintain their independence.
  2. Fosters a sense of continuity of living.
  3. Preserves social networks.

Independence
To many seniors nothing is more important than maintaining their independence.  They chafe at any suggestion they may need help taking care of themselves and adamantly refuse to consider any options other than staying where they are.  Proper elderly home care lets them hang on to that all important sense of independence.  They don’t want to be a bother to their children and living at home lets them feel better about themselves and their situation.

Continuity of Living
Familiarity with their surroundings – from the home itself to the neighborhood parks, stores, and other amenities – actually promotes better mental health and a general sense of well-being.  Adapting to a changed environment can be difficult at any stage in life and it is even more of a challenge for seniors.

In addition, there is evidence that allowing seniors to relive pleasant memories of their past is a healthy thing.  It is far easier for Mom or Dad or Grandma or Grandpa to engage in pleasant reveries of Christmases past in the rooms where the events actually took place.

Social Network
Many seniors remain engaged with their neighbors and participate in community activities long after their own children have fled the nest.  If your seniors love to sit on their front porch and engage in friendly conversation with the neighborhood children as they walk by, losing that sense of social belonging can be a stressful event.

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The home care counselors at Age Advantage can provide your family with the answers to all of your elder care questions, including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing affordable, professional care to your loved one. Age Advantage is a home care agency providing home care in San Diego and surrounding areas.

Stay Home in San Diego

Whether you’re certain you’re able to stay home safely, or if you’re simply unsure about your future living needs, staying at home with some help is an excellent first choice, because it’s a decision that can be easily reversed, unlike, for example, selling your home and relocating.

Plus, you can really customize the arrangement, getting just the amount of help you need. And if you are recovering from surgery or illness, you’re likely to recover more quickly with one-on-one care in your own home.

Who is going to help you out?

Whether you have family or friends who you can depend on, or you choose to get help from a Home Care Services provider who will select the right, qualified and screened person for your needs, there are a few things to think about.

Use this checklist as a reminder of the tasks you may need assistance with.

Home Care Checklist

Rate your personal level of need for each section. A 10 means it’s highly necessary, a 1 means not a priority right now.

✓       Home safety – ramps, bars, equipment, and emergency response tools

✓       Daily living – food preparation, housekeeping, and taking care of pets and plants, laundry, and mail

✓       Personal care – bathing, dressing, incontinence care, getting around the house, exercise, safety supervision, medication reminders, reading

✓       Running errands – trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, doctor or bank

✓       Finances – taking care of bills and taxes

✓       Home maintenance – yard work, exterior maintenance (roof, paint, security lights), interior maintenance (leaky faucets, pest issues, broken door knobs, air conditioning, appliances)

Remember, the type and amount of care you need may increase overtime. If you’re concerned about becoming a burden on your loved ones, please contact us.  We may be able to provide the additional assistance you need to live comfortably – giving you time to enjoy your family.