ElderCarelink Blog

Small changes to help elders with vision challenges

by Dorian Martin
June 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s amazing how one little change can make a huge difference when you’re caring for an elder.

Let me give you an example. We often eat dinner using trays in the family room while watching a movie or a TV show. However, Dad increasingly has had difficulty eating, instead dropping food on the floor (which our dogs absolutely love). Part of Dad’s issue is a tremor that periodically makes his hands shake. However, I also think that part of his challenge can be chalked up to aging eyesight.

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Glaucoma can sneak up on elders

by Dorian Martin
February 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Aging can take a toll on a body. Take the eyes, for instance. Both of my parents had to have surgery for cataracts when they were in their 70s and 80s. Fortunately, the surgeries went well, but both were worried about the chance of losing their sight from the condition or from the surgery. Yet there’s another type of eye condition that can equally be as devastating — glaucoma.

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Dealing with hearing, vision & memory loss

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 15th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Do you find yourself repeating messages? Is mom providing answers to questions that don’t fit the question or situation? Is dad taking longer to read the paper? Have you found yourself considering these interactions and situations as normal? Recognizing the decreasing abilities of elders–whether memory, vision or hearing–during my initial assessments, I often find that families or caregivers have absolutely no idea that dad wasn’t understanding what he read or mom was missing much of the conversation during family conversations.

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Creating a more meaningful visit when a person has reduced vision

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 16th, 2011 at 4:27 am

Many older adults experience limitations in their vision and these problems can vary from needing larger print to a marked decrease in their ability to read any written materials. This can be a very difficult adjustment especially if a person had a pastime relying on good vision.

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When Hearing or Vision is a Problem

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 21st, 2010 at 1:11 am

Hopefully, when older adults have a hearing, vision, memory problem, speech difficulty or some confusion, there is someone who can be an advocate for them. If they have trouble hearing or processing what is said or cannot see well enough to read printed information, any appointment can be a challenge and there are specific strategies which can be helpful. Read more »