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How Vision Loss Can Impact Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte, NC

Alzheimer's CareSeniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will need some level of care as they move into the future. Alzheimer’s disease has various signs and symptoms and it’s important to understand what these are and how they will change as the disease progresses.

During the earlier stages of the disease, the individual will be able to continue performing a number of functions and basic daily tasks. They won’t need a significant level of assistance to complete their daily tasks, but as it moves into the middle stages and especially the later stages, more assistance will be necessary. It’s important to realize that the sooner an experienced, professional Alzheimer’s care provider is consulted and even hired, the better it’s going to be for the individual during those middle and later stages of the disease.

As the disease progresses, it’s going to erode more and more of their memories. This is going to make it more difficult for them to recognize their surroundings, recognize people working with them, and they may even have difficulty determining what year it happens to be.

This can cause a significant amount of confusion and increase the level of stress and anxiety they experience on a daily basis.

Now, consider what will happen for somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and then begins to experience vision loss as well. Vision loss can be associated with weakening of the eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other problems.

Somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may not recognize what’s happening to their vision. If they’re experiencing significant memory loss, it could cause difficulty for them to recognize potential problems with their vision.

That’s why it’s so important to encourage individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to visit their eye care professional on a regular basis. Getting an eye exam can help detect many of the most common forms of vision problems, especially among elderly individuals.

The older a person gets, the more at risk they become for various conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Glaucoma is a condition in which pressure increases on the optic nerve. It doesn’t associate with pain and the only way to truly detected in the earliest stages, when treatment options are more abundant and effective, is through an eye exam.

Vision loss can create even more anxiety, frustration, and potential physical and verbal outbursts for somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That’s why it’s so important to encourage them to have an eye exam on an annual basis.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Charlotte, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.

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Shanele Healy

Caring for others has always been a passion for the owner. She joined the healthcare field while still in high school believing that every health provider had the same intentions at heart. While working as a nurse assistant and a Registered Nurse, Gloria quickly realized that those whom needed us most were being neglected and not receiving the best quality of care they deserved.

Knowing in her heart that families deserved better, she started Caring At Heart in 2008 with two key goals in mind: To provide clients and their families with an experience that was personable, easy, and reassuring and to create a working environment that employees were excited and proud to be a part of.