Endeavor Home Care Announces Breakthrough in Cataract Treatment Options

Senior CareLet’s face it: cataracts and getting older pair together like peanut butter and jelly. 90% of those age 65 and older develop cataracts, and by the age of 75, as many as 50% have experienced vision loss as a result of them. And so far, the only recourse to restore cleared vision has been surgery.

Enter the latest development in the control of cataracts, which may be available in as soon as five to ten years: eye drops that can dissolve the damaged crystalline proteins that cataracts are comprised of. Tested in mice and humans, Jason Gestwicki of the University of California at San Francisco and study leader stated, “We did see very promising improvements in transparency and protein solubility in the lens … although not a complete reversal.”

Studies are continuing, and the outlook for an effective eye drop-based treatment is bright, expected to be both inexpensive and non-toxic, according to J. Fielding Hejtmancik of the US National Institutes of Health.

At Endeavor Home Care, we maintain a keen interest in all issues relating to senior care in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding area, and we’ll keep you informed as this exciting development unfolds. If you have a loved one with cataracts or other vision issues, rest assured that our dedicated Arizona senior care aides can help keep him or her safe, happy, and independent at home. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

WHAT IS SUNDOWNING?

If your senior loved one frequently shows signs of confusion, anxiety, or agitation in the late afternoon, they are probably experiencing sundowning. Frequent causes of sundowning symptoms can include end-of-day exhaustion, boredom, napping during the day, lack of routine, disorientation, and confusion caused by reduced light. Watch this video to learn more about sundowning and home care strategies for prevention.

Strategies for preventing sundowning include discouraging napping or encouraging only short naps, schedule calming activities at the time the agitation normally occurs, provide adequate lighting. Endeavor Senior In-Home Care provides quality home care assistance in Phoenix, AZ. To learn more about our home care assistance services, call us today at (877) 584-6162.

HOW DEMENTIA CAN IMPACT EATING HABITS

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If you are considering senior home care services for a loved one with dementia, you may be wondering how you can improve the person’s eating habits. Dementia can cause poor appetite, cognitive impairment, and sensory disabilities, which can all affect her eating habits.

Poor Appetite

There are many reasons why a person with dementia may turn away from food. Depression is commonly seen in dementia sufferers and is associated with loss of appetite, or the person may have trouble communicating that they dislike a particular food, or she may be in pain or uncomfortable. Also, a lack of physical activity throughout the day can result in less hunger. To combat these issues, look for opportunities to encourage the person to eat, make food look and smell appealing, offer regular snacks over the course of the day and encourage her to help with meal choice and preparation.

Cognitive Issues

A person with dementia may have trouble recognizing food and drink which can lead to a missed meal. The damage that dementia causes to the brain may cause unfamiliar food or meals that are presented in a new way not to be seen as edible. Additionally, a lack of concentration is typical in dementia sufferers and can lead the person to be distracted from her meal and to leave it unfinished.

Sensory Issues

Some people with dementia lose their ability accurately gauge the temperature of their food and can end up burning their mouths, lips, tongue, or throat. Also, thirst sensations change with age, and this can affect those with dementia as well. Because they may not realize they’re thirsty, the person can quickly become dehydrated. To ensure that someone suffering from dementia drinks enough, always have a beverage on hand when she is eating, keep drinks nearby or in sight, offer both hot and cold drinks throughout the day, and use cups that are easy to handle.

Endeavor Senior In-Home Care provides quality in-home assistance near Mesa, AZ. To learn how our home care assistance staff can help seniors with dementia, call us today at (877) 584-6162.