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How Do Vision Changes Affect Someone with Dementia?

There are a lot of different issues that affect your senior as she grows older. She might expect vision changes, but when vision changes are combined with other issues, like dementia, those changes might be more pronounced than you realize.

Dementia Involves Changes in Brain Function

You probably already know that dementia affects your senior’s memory and how her brain functions when she’s doing things like making decisions. That’s often why people with dementia exhibit behavior that the people who love them don’t understand. But those brain changes can affect other areas of how your senior processes and interprets information, including input that she receives from her eyes.

Her Brain Processes Input Differently

Because of those changes in how your senior’s brain deals with input, her brain might get more overwhelmed now than it used to. There’s a lot of information that the average person takes in every day, every minute. There are sounds, sights, smells, and more. The brain processes all of that, usually in the background. With dementia, your senior’s brain just can’t keep up. So sometimes it might not “sort” or deal with input from her eyes, for instance. This changes how she sees the world. It can also make her more likely to fall or to run into something.

Your Senior May Lose Peripheral Vision

As people age, they tend to experience some form of vision change. Your elderly family member might have trouble seeing well at night or she might find that her peripheral vision disappears. When that happens for someone who has dementia, they might not understand how to compensate for that or even that there is vision loss there. This can cause your senior to have greater difficulty even walking around safely.

Your Senior May Respond to Visual Cues Differently than You Expect

The changes in your senior’s brain function and in her vision can make her respond to visual cues differently than you expect she will. Changes in depth perception, in peripheral vision, and more all cause your senior to be unsure of where things are in relation to herself. This can be frustrating for your elderly family member.

Regular eye exams can help you to keep up with your senior’s vision changes. Having help in the form of elderly care providers can also be a huge assistance with making sure that she’s as safe as possible at home and that she has help when she needs it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Jacksonville, FL, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (904) 342-6040