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How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects an Aging Adult’s Vision

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Alzheimer’s is a disease that not only affects memory, but also other senses like vision. The goal is to help your loved one continue living a healthy life for as long as he or she can. Therefore, you will need to understand the vision issues your loved one might encounter, as well as the solutions for mitigating these effects. Here are some of the ways Alzheimer’s disease affects vision. 

Difficulty with Depth Perception 

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she may lose depth perception, which includes the ability to judge distances or determine if something is actually a picture or an object. For example, your loved one may try to pick up an apple or banana from a fabric with a fruit design or treat the border of carpet as a step. To help with this vision issue, make sure there is adequate lighting throughout the home. You should also avoid installing patterned objects, carpets, and upholstery. 

Seniors living with Alzheimer’s or other health issues may require assistance with daily activities. If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Birmingham home care company you can trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services.

Issues with Color and Contrast 

Picking out objects that have similar colors could be difficult for your loved one. Colors on the blue end of the spectrum are tougher for seniors with Alzheimer’s to recognize compared to colors at the red end of the spectrum. Avoid placing an item near other objects that are similar in color. Use color contrast in the home to help your loved one navigate around the property, and use white or light-colored tablecloths in rooms that are darker or have dark-colored floors. You could also paint the bedrooms and bathrooms darker colors so items such as white bedspreads, toilet, and sinks stand out better. 

Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease. Recovering from a stroke, managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and a variety of other health-related situations can make it difficult for a senior to continue living at home without someone there to help. Birmingham, Alabama, live-in care professionals are trained to help seniors who need 24/7 assistance. With the help of a live-in caregiver, your elderly loved one can maintain a higher quality of life while aging in place.

Challenges When Following Motion 

Seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty following moving objects. It may feel as if they are watching something move in a series of still images. This can be a serious issue if your loved one is performing any type of activity in fast motion. The ability to watch television comfortably may also be in jeopardy. To ease the situation, suggest activities that do not require your loved one to move in fast motion, such as reading, writing, painting, and other fun activities. Audiobooks are another great activity your loved one might enjoy. 

Reduced Field of Vision

Aging may cause narrow vision. However, if your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, his or her vision may narrow at a higher degree. When this happens, your loved one will have difficulty seeing from side to side. A reduced field of vision could cause seniors to bump into walls, furniture, and other objects around the home, which could lead to more severe health conditions. Remove all clutter from your home and make the pathways wide enough to prevent your loved one from tripping.

Caring for a senior loved one living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times, but this challenge does not have to be faced alone. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and you need respite care, Birmingham, AL, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our respite caregivers are trained to assist older adults with a wide variety of everyday tasks, including meal prep, physical activity, and personal hygiene. We also provide 24-hour care and specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Call (205) 438-6925 today to speak with one of our qualified Care Managers and request a free in-home consultation.