Healthy Eyes, Healthy Aging: Support Senior Vision With Elderly Care Services


Healthy Eyes, Healthy Aging: Support Senior Vision With Elderly Care Services

Visual impairment disproportionately affects the elderly, not only in terms of prevalence rates, but also in regards to its effects on daily life. Fortunately, a large percentage of visual impairments are preventable, and our elderly care teams can help!

Read on to learn why healthy eyes are so important for healthy aging, then find out 6 ways we support eye health for our clients, or call (915)-250-0177 to speak with an elderly care coordinator in El Paso, TX.

Research Review: Healthy Eyes Support Healthy Aging In El Paso, TX

According to research by the Clinical Geriatrics journal, the rate of visual impairment drastically increases as we age, affecting more than 1 in 10 Americans age 65 and old, and it can drastically reduce seniors’ quality of life by:

  • Decreasing seniors’ ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Increasing seniors’ risk of slip-and-fall injury
  • Isolating seniors from family and friends by making them unable to drive
  • Increasing the risks of depression
  • Increasing the risks of medication mismanagement
  • Reducing the quality of the home care environment (e.g. by making home maintenance, air filter changes, and cleaning tasks more difficult)

While it is true that some visual impairments are genetic, and some degree of vision loss is normal for older adults, many impairments can be prevented through lifestyle, and our elderly care teams make it easy to optimize eye health.

Read on to learn a few ways we support senior eye health, or call (915)-250-0177 to speak with an elderly care coordinator in El Paso, TX.

Support Senior Eye Health With Elderly Care Services In El Paso, TX

  1. Ask your elderly care team to add more eye-healthy foods to your loved one’s diet. We already take care of your loved one’s grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning, so you need only ask to start incorporating more eye-healthy foods, like dark leafy greens, carrots, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  2. Ask your elderly care team to help with vision check-ups and treatments. As is the case with most health conditions, the sooner you detect the signs of visual impairments, the better the options for treatment—and the better the chances of recovery. To help spot the signs early, our elderly care teams can book regular eye exams, provide schedule reminders, transport your loved ones to-and-from the clinic, and ensure they follow the doctor’s orders/treatment plan to a tee.
  3. Ask your elderly care team to help maintain your loved one’s weight and blood sugar levels. 90% of blindness by diabetes is preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and our elderly care team can help your loved ones manage their weight and blood sugar levels by facilitating regular testing, healthy diet, and exercise, and by providing peace of mind in the home environment to reduce stress.
  4. Ask your elderly care team to encourage the use of protective eyewear. Seniors should make an effort to keep UV rays out of their eyes, and they should also wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Our elderly care teams can make sure they’ve always got the right protective eyewear on-hand.
  5. Ask your elderly care team to help with smoking cessation. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body, with multiple studies linking smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage. To support your loved one’s plan to quit, we can keep cigarettes out of the house, monitor how often they smoke in a day, hold them accountable to their goals, purchase smoking cessation products, distract them when cravings hit, and more.
  6. Ask your elderly care team to remind your loved ones to give their eyes a rest. When watching TV or using the computer/smartphone, our eyes can get fatigued. To prevent any long-term damage, the CDC recommends using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, take a break from the screen and look about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This short exercise can really help to reduce eye strain, and our elderly care team can remind your loved ones to do it!

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References

Servat, J. J., Risco, M., Nakasato, Y. R., & Bernardino, C. R. (2011). Visual impairment in the elderly: impact on functional ability and quality of life. Clinical Geriatrics, 19(7).

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