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Tackling Vision Challenges Elevates Home Care for Seniors

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jan 11, 2016 3:54:40 PM

Seniors are vulnerable to glaucoma and other diseases causing vision loss. Learn how in home occupational therapy can aid senior home care and safety.For many common diseases of the eye, a person’s risk level increases with age. Vision impairment or loss, whether gradual or sudden, can raise fresh injury hazards in everyday activities and threaten independence. As a consequence, visibility and safety are important considerations with respect to home care for seniors.

The most common global cause of blindness is cataracts, which develop slowly over time. The second-most common cause is glaucoma, a more rapid form that accounts for about 1 in 10 cases of blindness in the United States. For National Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, learn what you can do about vision loss and how in home occupational therapy can bring safety tips and quality-of-life gains aimed at longer aging in place.

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Topics: Visual Impairment

You Can’t Stop the Season, but You Can Prevent Falls

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Sep 23, 2015 4:33:50 PM

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Falls Prevention Awareness DayIt’s the first day of fall — like it or not, the leaves will soon be changing and temperatures dropping. But this day has added significance, calling attention to a critical safety hazard in the home. Yes, the first day of fall marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is well worth observing no matter what your feelings about the autumn season.

Fall-related injuries represent a leading cause of hospitalization in seniors. The best way to escape injury from a fall is to prevent falling altogether. Actually, many falls in the home can be prevented with a combination of awareness and preparation. Read on to discover what you can do to arm yourself against some of the greatest home fall risks.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Home Improvements, Visual Impairment

Preventing and Treating a Common Eye Disorder: A Cataract Primer

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 25, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Cataracts are a common occurrence in seniors as they age. Learn what they are, how they alter your vision, and how to counteract their effects.The lens of the eye is made up of clear tissue that we see through, but this tissue can become damaged by injury or advanced age. These areas of damage get denser and change how light enters our eyes, forming what is known as a cataract. The condition can give a person’s vision a fuzzy or foggy effect; some compare it to looking through a dirty window.

By the time they reach 80 years of age, more than half of Americans have developed this common effect of the aging process. Although cataracts do not generally cause pain or eye irritation, they can have a profound effect on a person’s vision over time, potentially limiting his or her capabilities. Serious vision impairment caused by cataracts can even threaten a person’s well-being, making it unsafe for him or her to drive or raising the risk of a fall in the home. Read on to discover how you can lower your risk for cataracts and protect your vision.

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Topics: Aging In Place, Home Improvements, Visual Impairment

Alternative Media for Seniors with Low Vision

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Mar 5, 2015 2:30:00 PM

If you or your loved one is coping with low vision, know that there are resources available to help resume or continue favorite pastimes such as reading and watching television.Whether caused by glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, side effects of regular medication, or other reasons, low vision affects many seniors. Impaired eyesight can interfere with leisure activities such as reading and watching television, which has the potential to disrupt day-to-day living, hinder engagement, and even lead to depression.

If you or your loved one is coping with low vision, know that there are resources available to help resume or continue these favorite pastimes. Read on for some common alternatives to traditional print and film media, and discover how consulting with an in-home occupational therapist may be your best resource of all.

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Topics: Aging In Place, Visual Impairment

Home Lighting Updates — Bright Ideas to Improve Safety

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 3, 2015 2:11:00 PM

An occupational therapist can improve safety in your home through simple adjustments to your lighting.As we age, certain physical abilities can begin to deteriorate; this decline may be enhanced by genetics, lifestyle, or prior injury. One relatively common functional impairment is low vision, which may take the form of light sensitivity, reduced field of vision, reduced perception of sharpness or contrast, image distortion, or night blindness. Although low vision cannot be cured, it can be compensated for with sufficient, proper lighting.

In your home, there may be opportunities to improve your lighting set-up that could translate to major visibility gains, allowing everyone in the household to move safely about and complete daily tasks with ease and efficiency. Read on to explore some key factors of better visibility and discover how an in-home occupational therapist can help you update your home lighting for safety.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Aging In Place, Home Improvements, Visual Impairment