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Ways to Tell if Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease May be Dealing with Macular Degeneration


Could Your Aging Loved One Benefit From Alzheimer’s Care in Tallahassee FL?

Alzheimer's CareMacular degeneration is a very serious vision related problem that can affect many elderly individuals. February is AMD/Low Vision Month and it’s a good time to think about this potentially debilitating condition. For a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it could be a bit more challenging to determine if they are dealing with vision related problems.

Any person who relies on Alzheimer’s care may have a variety of potential signs and symptoms of this disease. Some of the symptoms will appear more obvious than others. When it comes to vision related issues, it’s important for the caregiver to pay attention to warning signs of more serious conditions.

Basic vision related problems.

As people age, they will likely experience a number of changes in their physical health and well-being. This can be exacerbated by certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Having difficulty reading or even seeing things farther away may seem commonplace for elderly clients.

Not all of these potential signs indicate a serious vision related problem; many of them will only require basic trends of corrective lenses. Yet for the Alzheimer’s care patient, it’s important to focus on potential signs of macular degeneration.

Most often macular degeneration doesn’t show many common outward symptoms. It is more of a slow progressive decline in their abilities to see.

Macular degeneration is most notable for its center point loss of field of vision. In other words, the Alzheimer’s patient will begin to have difficulty seeing things straight ahead of them. They might not notice the specifics about the decline in their vision, but they may experience blurriness and other issues.

Some people have a tendency to try and hide their struggles out of a fear that something could be seriously wrong. They might just assume that these minor vision related problems are just the natural aspect of aging.

Pay attention to any seeming challenges the elderly individual has in reading, seeing things in front of them, watching TV, recognizing people when they are standing in front of them, and much more.

The problems become exacerbated by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia because the individual might already have difficulty at times recognizing people around them. Associating this with memory or vision can be challenging.

An experienced Alzheimer’s care provider should encourage the elderly individual to see their eye care professional on a regular basis to be tested for macular degeneration and other vision related problems. The sooner they are diagnosed, the sooner proper treatment can begin and that can have a significant impact on protecting their vision in the long run.

Hopewell In-Home Senior Care of Tallahassee, FL is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (850) 386-5552.

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.