Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Cataracts?

Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Cataracts?
Low vision is one of the most common issues of older adulthood. Many seniors struggle with changes to their vision, and recognize diminished ability to see clearly and effectively as they get older. There are many reasons why this might happen, but one is cataracts. A clouding of the usually clear lens of the eye caused by proteins clumping together, cataracts impacts more than 24 million adults throughout the United States. Though anyone can develop cataracts, there are certain factors that can increase the possibility your parent will develop this problem. Knowing these risk factors can help you to be more aware of the changes your parent is experiencing, and ready to detect the signs that issues they are dealing with might be caused by cataracts. 

Some risk factors associated with cataracts include:
  • Getting older. The older your parent is, the higher the risk they will develop cataracts, and the more likely they are that the cataracts will negatively impact their vision
  • Diabetes. Those who are living with diabetes are at a 60 percent higher risk of developing cataracts than those who do not have diabetes
  • Family history of cataracts
  • Personal history of excessive exposure to the sun, or to UV rays such as through tanning beds or other sources
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Personal history of eye inflammation
  • Personal history of eye injury or trauma
  • Previous eye surgery for any reason
  • Personal history of use of steroid medications

It can be frustrating and upsetting for an elderly adult he was dealing with tremendous change as a result of getting older. Physical changes that happen can alter how a senior feels, perceives the world around them, and functions. This can leave them feeling as though they are not able to enjoy the same activities, or experience a high quality of life. This does not have to be this way. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to find as many ways as possible to help you or senior enjoy at their highest quality of life as they age in place.

Starting elderly care for them it can be one of these steps. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule designed to help them fulfill their needs while also supporting them in dealing with changes in ways that allow them to continue enjoying favorite activities, and finding new ways to enjoy life. Companionship, outings, physical support, and modification of daily tasks all help your parent stay healthy, safe and comfortable, while preserving independence, and boosting quality of life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in East Millcreek, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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