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Could Your Senior With Alzheimer’s Be Suffering From Vision Loss?

Alzheimer’s Care in Wellesley, MA

Alzheimers-CareManaging the many signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging for anyone. For a senior who is moving through the middle or even later stages of the disease, where memory loss, cognitive function, and other capabilities are significantly diminished, it can be difficult to determine if certain health issues are beginning to arise, especially for those supporting them.

The best option for anyone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is to consider a professional care provider, somebody who works for an agency who has prior experience working with other seniors diagnosed with this form of dementia. While it may be easy to assume that individual can take care of themselves during the earliest stages of the disease, shortly after diagnosis, there may come a time when that can be much more challenging.

It can also be difficult to determine the various issues that may arise, especially vision-related problems.

Here are a few signs that your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s may be experiencing vision loss:

 

  • Squinting
  • Bumping into things
  • Reach for objects and miss
  • Unsure when they walk
  • Complain of darkness
  • Holding things close to the face for reading
  • Wearing mismatched clothes or shoes
  • Tripping on rugs

Beyond vision loss that is related to old age, there are also dementia-related difficulties that can arise, such as loss of perception. When both vision and perception are affected, this combination can be referred to as visuoperceptual difficulties. There are different types of dementia that can affect the eye differently, thus there are many possible difficulties, including:

  • decreased sensitivity to differing contrasts
  • reduced ability to detect movement
  • changes to the visual field (how much you can see around the edge of your vision, while looking straight ahead)
  • reduced ability to detect different, but similar, colors
  • changes to the reaction of the pupil to light
  • problems directing or changing gaze
  • problems recognizing objects, faces and colors
  • loss of ability to name what has been seen
  • double vision
  • problems with depth perception

A person with Alzheimer’s may become confused, anxious, or even nervous to mention the difficulty they’re having seeing clearly lately. They may also be forgetful and that complicates the situation tremendously. That’s why it’s important for family members, friends, or even a professional care provider to be alert and aware of the various signs that could indicate a vision-related problem for that individual. The sooner they are detected, the sooner treatment can begin and that increases the prospects tremendously.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Wellesley, MA or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.

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