Keep an Eye Out for These Vision Problems in Older Adults

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Nobody wants to lose their vision, but impairment of vision due to old age is one of the most common ailments affecting the elderly. According to the American Association for the Blind, more than 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from a severe visual impairment. Tragically, many of these cases may have been entirely preventable or reduced in severity if only they had taken a few simple precautions. Below you will learn about three of the most common causes of vision loss in the elderly, including cataracts,... Click to Read More

3 Ways Technology Is Making Caring for an Older Adult Easier

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The latest improvements in medical technology are helping to extend the human lifespan longer than ever before. These advances have also made great strides towards improving the quality of life of the elderly by streamlining caregiving services and by creating more effective treatments. Below you’ll learn about some of the most innovative ways that technology is making family caregiving for elderly loved ones easier with the help of assistive living technologies, fall detection services, and optimized medication delivery systems. With a little help from modern elder care technology,... Click to Read More

What’s Preventing You From Receiving Quality Health Care?

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According to the most recent United States Census information, 14 percent of the current population is aged 65 or older.  By the year 2030, that number will increase to 18 percent.  With so many Baby Boomers aging into the 65+ category, America is now aging more rapidly than ever before.  And the biggest concern for most of them is the cost and quality of healthcare they are receiving.  Health care costs for seniors are now the most expensive they’ve ever been. A new study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund... Click to Read More

What is the Purpose of a Living Will?

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In 2005, the attention of the nation became fixed on a 41-year-old woman named Terri Schaivo. Schaivo’s husband had struggled for nearly decade to get her taken off of a feeding tube after she had spent the previous 15 years in a vegetative state, but her parents disagreed with that decision. The seven-year legal battle that ensued was heart wrenching for everyone involved. Although the Schaivo case was highly publicized, it’s far from a unique situation. Without a living will, you and your family may be vulnerable to... Click to Read More

Caregiver Ethics: How to Choose a Reputable In-Home Caregiver

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Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, the average 65-year-old American's life expectancy has increased by approximately 20 years. However, as life expectancy continues to increase, so does the need for competent in-home care. Over 40 million senior citizens have a chronic condition that affects their day to day lives, including 12 million who cannot live independently without an in-home caregiver. To make matters more complicated, many families are unable to provide sufficient care for their loved ones. That’s why an increasing number of Americans are turning to... Click to Read More

Tips for Coping with Macular Degeneration

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A diagnosis of macular degeneration can be scary, but it doesn't have to mean the end of the life you currently lead. With a few tips and the right outlook, coping with this disease can become easier. When an older adult has macular degeneration, this typically means there is a loss of vision in the central area of the eye. This can affect the person's ability to drive and see faces as well as cause difficulty in writing or reading a watch. At first, it is understandable that one would see... Click to Read More

When Should You Consider Power of Attorney?

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Most people understand the importance of a will for looking after your affairs when you’re unable to do so, but few understand the equally important power of attorney. A will may be the best way to help you sort out your personal affairs after you’ve passed away, but a power of attorney can help to ensure your affairs remain in order should you become unable to manage them while you’re still living. It can give you the peace of mind that in an emergency, someone you trust will... Click to Read More

The 4 Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy: What You Can Expect

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A well known fact is that diabetes is a dangerous and potentially life threatening disease. What some may not realize is that one of the conditions associated with diabetes is a type of vision loss called diabetic retinopathy. This complication is treatable and its best outcomes are usually obtained due to an early diagnosis by your or your loved one's physician or optometrist. The best route to protecting your vision lies with knowing what to expect and how to treat diabetic retinopathy. What is Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy is caused... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Spiritual Strategies

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Caring for a loved one is often a long, difficult journey, fraught with uncertainty, loss, frustration and fear. In my own experience, I couldn’t bear to see how dementia had stolen my Mother’s mind and memory. Feeling totally out of control, I was depleted of energy, yet filled with grief and fury and a million questions.   Why is this happening to my mother…and to my family?  Isn’t there something we can do?  What did we do to deserve this?  What is the purpose of this semi-human existence and... Click to Read More

Early Signs of Glaucoma That May Surprise You

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One of the most difficult and worrisome issues for an older adult can be losing one's eye sight. With the loss of sight, especially at an older age, comes less independence, as well as a sense of isolation. That's why it is important to understand the early warning signs of glaucoma. By doing so, you can expect better outcomes and keep vision loss to a minimum.  There are several types of glaucoma, but all of them belong to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. Once... Click to Read More