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5 Things to Know about Macular Degeneration when You’re a Caregiver

Senior Care Stress in Indianapolis, IN – February is AMD/Low Vision Month

Providing care for an elderly individual at home can be a rewarding job, but it also comes with great responsibility. There are likely going to be numerous potential health risks that the elderly client is facing at any given time, and it’s important for family caregivers to pay attention to physical and emotional changes. One potential health risk could be related to vision loss.

AMD, or Age-Related Macular Degeneration can be an extremely serious health problem and the individual might not realize they have any type of macular degeneration until the symptoms become much more pronounced and severe.

Below are five things any caregiver should know about macular degeneration, what to look for, and how to help your elderly loved one deal with this aspect of vision loss. February is AMD/Low Vision Month, so pay attention to at least a few of these things when you are a caregiver.

1. What macular degeneration looks like.

In order to fully understand what an elderly individual is dealing with when they have macular degeneration, close one eye, take your hand and make a fist, and then hold your fist in front of the other eye. You’ll notice that your center field of vision is now eliminated and all you can see is the peripheral angles.

2. Technology can help.

Once you have a better understanding of what macular degeneration is, you should also be aware that there are numerous technological innovations that can help elderly clients see more clearly, even watch TV and take part in various activities they thought they had to give up because of this vision loss.

3. Certain risk factors.

There are numerous risk factors associated with AMD. Age is the number one risk factor. “One third of adults over the age of 75 are affected by age-related macular degeneration.” (Source)

Females are also more likely to be affected by AMD as are Caucasians. If there is a family history of macular degeneration, this elderly individual may be at an increased risk for it as well.

4. Being aware of these risk factors may help.

As a caregiver, if you are aware of various risk factors and notice that the elderly client may fall into those categories, you can encourage him or her to visit their eye care professional for a regular checkup. The earlier that AMD is detected, the more options for treatment there can be.

5. Be patient with your senior loved one.

When somebody is dealing with various vision related problems, it might take them longer to perform certain tasks. Be patient with them and understand the challenges they are facing.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Fishers, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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