As a family caregiver, one of the most important things that you can do for your aging loved one is to be aware of the potential health challenges that they may develop so that you can take the steps to protect them and to give them the care that they need to handle those that arise as they get older. The first step in doing this effectively is to recognize the potential risk factors that your senior has for individual health challenges. February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month, making it the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about the risk factors for age-related macular degeneration. The leading cause of vision loss throughout the United States, AMD is caused by nerve damage to the macula that diminishes central vision. This can make fulfilling daily tasks such as driving, cooking, recognizing faces, reading, and participating in favorite hobbies more challenging and even impossible, making it critical that you protect your parent from this condition and prepare for the care that they will need should they develop it.
Some of the risk factors for AMD include:
- Being over the age of 60
- Being of white ethnicity
- Having a light colored eyes
- Family history of AMD
- Being female
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Eating an unhealthy diet
- Frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun
Having these risk factors does not necessarily mean that your parent will experience AMD. If they have them, however, it is important to talk to their eye doctor about ways to reduce their risk and symptoms to look out for to help you identify when they might be suffering from this condition.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your aging loved ones quality of life and help them to maintain their health, safety, and independence as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. And elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they always have access to the assistance, care, and support that they need to manage their needs, challenges, and limitations in the ways that are right for them. Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is as independent, active, engaged, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years. As their family caregiver, this can give you peace of mind and ease your stress, reassuring you that your parent is in good hands both when they are with you and when they are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Spring Branch, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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