Edmonton Senior Health | November 13, 2023
Vision Impairment in Seniors, or vision loss, is a major contributor to adult loss of independence and can be devastating to older persons. Luckily, there are options for seniors with this disability, through in-home care and other medical services.
November is #NationalHomecareAndHospiceMonth and ##DiabeticEyeDiseaseMonth and this blog is filled with information for In Home Care and Vision Impairment and how Comfort Keepers Edmonton can help!
Aging adults who suffer from vision loss might also have problems with daily activities that many of us take for granted, such as reading, meal preparation, or even using the phone. Common behaviors can become difficult, or even impossible, and that’s frightening when you realize that the odds of vision loss increase as we all age. Still, this impairment isn’t a “normal” part of aging, and the negative effect on older men and women shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a traumatic health problem for many.
We have enough research to know that older adults who lose vision eventually suffer challenges with their regular daily activities. As an example, they may have to give up driving well before their friends will be considering it. They may struggle with errands or shopping for themselves, managing finances, and doing housework. Sadly, people with impaired vision are likely to go outdoors less and take fewer walks, and because of this, are more likely to fall and break a hip when they do.
Unfortunately, seniors with impaired vision also acquire more chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, in addition to their vision challenges. This is considered most likely from poor diet, and because low-vision seniors just aren’t as active as others with normal eyesight. Inactivity is known to lead to chronic illness.
These limitations and correlating chronic disease tend to manifest greater levels of depression and anxiety than in other seniors. Next, a visually-impaired senior gets into a vicious cycle, where depression worsens their physical state, and their worsening state increases their depression. This spirals down to isolation because they refuse to participate in the social activities that were once enjoyed. High levels of depression and anxiety may end up limiting seniors from their everyday activities, even more than the visual problems they have!
There’s good news… Professional therapies have been created to help visually impaired seniors. Doctors can prescribe rehab to teach coping skills for better managing vision loss. This way, seniors can remain active with their families and communities.
When a low-vision adult accepts assistance from family, friends, and supportive caregivers, with meal preparation and transportation to appointments or social events, their isolation becomes a lesser problem, and a sense of normalcy resumes to their daily lives.
If you are concerned about the health and well-being of your aging loved ones we can help. Comfort Keepers®’ trained caregivers help provide senior clients with the highest quality of life possible to keep them happy and healthy at home.
Our Interactive Caregiving™ provides a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and activities of daily living (ADLs).
What’s more, our trained caregivers are selected with one specific quality in mind: empathy. Empathetic care is care that starts in the heart, and it allows us to meet our client’s exact needs.
Learn more about our unique service offering by contacting the Comfort Keepers Edmonton office. If you live in Devon, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, or Stony Plain and surrounding areas, contact Comfort Keepers at 780-465-4665.