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Identifying and Attending to Vision Loss in Seniors – Edmonton

There are many changes that take place for seniors and their bodies as they grow older, but one possible change that often troubles seniors is vision loss. While total loss of vision in the form of blindness is not something that all seniors will face, changes in vision and different manifestations of visual impairment are a common part of aging. The realities of visual impairment or complete vision loss can be challenging for seniors to accept, and the changes and adjustments to their lifestyles that need to be made can be overwhelming for both seniors and their caregivers. Identifying and attending to issues that may arise related to vision loss can help seniors in Edmonton to put strategies and structures into place that can help them continue to live active and fulfilling lives despite changes in vision. Signs of Changes in Vision Vision changes often occur in a gradual way. Families, friends, and caregivers of seniors should remain attentive and aware of changes or behaviours that may be early signs of vision-loss or visual impairment, such as: Being a little bit off when reaching for items Knocking things over or bumping into them Squinting when looking at people or things Walking hesitantly as though the way isn’t clear It can feel as though changes in eyesight change even the most mundane aspects of daily life, and it is for this reason that learning to adjust and deal with vision-loss often involves incorporating numerous strategies to help seniors set themselves up in a way that allows them to maintain independence. Modifying the Environment Seniors living at home can alter and...

Keeping Seniors Safe from Falls – Edmonton

Trips and falls are some of the most prevailing causes of injury for seniors, and the potentially harmful outcomes that a fall can have for seniors can impact the overall quality of life that they are able to experience moving forward in their lives. Remaining vigilant and aware of the possible risk factors and dangers of falling, as well as the cautionary measures that can be taken to reduce the chances of falling, can help keep the seniors of Edmonton feeling safer and more at ease. Consequences of a Fall The more fragile state of health that is often experienced in older age gives something like a fall the power to result significant injuries that can impact seniors’ levels of independence and quality of life in significant ways. A fall can potentially result in brain injuries, fractures, and other physical injuries, and can also lead to  growing feelings of anxiety related to the possibility that another fall might occur that can discourage seniors from walking around and can result in them spending more time in a sedentary state. For these reasons among others, something as seemingly simple as one little fall has the capacity to negatively impact both the physical and mental health of seniors. Preventing Falls An important step in the process of implementing practices that can help to keep seniors safer from falls is identifying and understanding vulnerabilities that are present in each seniors’ individual case that create concerns that need to be addressed. A whole host of factors, such as medications, chronic health problems, visual impairments, lack of physical fitness, and environmental elements can all end...