Senior Wellness News

Health and wellness information for adults age 50 and older

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a common eye condition in which vision is lost because of damage to the optic nerve. This damage usually occurs as a result of elevated pressure of the fluid in the eye, which causes gradual visual changes that lead to loss of vision. Known as the “sneak thief” of sight, open-angle glaucoma has no early warning signs or symptoms. However, as the disease progresses a person may experience:

  • Tiny blind spots appear in peripheral (side) vision that slowly get larger and spread
  • Blurred vision
  • Appearance of colored halos around lightsk
  • Adjustment problems when entering a dark room
  • Repeated difficulties that new eyeglass prescriptions do not help
  • Peripheral (side) vision is decreasing

There is no cure for glaucoma, but it may be controlled with medication or surgery to control eye fluid pressure. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call your doctor immediately.


February is National Senior Independence Month

National Senior Independence Month aims to help older citizens remain in control of their daily lives and prevent accidents at home. Use these techniques to make your home a place you can live safely and independently.

  • Lighten up — Check that every room is well lit, and make any lighting replacements where needed. Install night-lights in dark corners and along staircases to improve nighttime visibility and prevent falls.
  • Clear clutter — Keep floors and walkways clear of clothes, books, papers and trash. Move any furniture, wiring or other obstructions and make sure all pathways are clear enough to move freely without fear of harm.
  • Get a grip — Install grab bars and handrails near the shower, bathtub and toilet. Use non-slip mats and double-sided tape under rugs to help minimize slipping.
  • Stay within reach — Items in your home should be easily accessible, including the refrigerator, cabinets, drawers, doors and shelving. Be sure to place items you use frequently on the lower shelves.

Senior Independence MonthMarch is National Nutrition Month

Changing taste buds, the physical demands of preparing meals, even a lack of dining companions are some reasons why many seniors find it challenging to maintain a healthy diet. Here are some practical tips to ensure you’re getting proper nutrition:

  • Healthy snacking. As we get older, many of us don’t feel hungry enough to eat three full meals a day. One solution is to plan for several nutritious mini-meals throughout the day. Stock up on plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Make eating a social event. Older people who live alone may stop cooking meals and depend on convenience foods. Invite neighbors or relatives to dinner at your house on a regular basis, or gather some friends for weekly “round robin” dinners, where everyone shares hosting and meal preparation duties.
  • Have groceries delivered. Order groceries either from local markets that deliver (for an additional fee) or from an online grocery website.
  • Consider assistance. Home-delivered meals, nutrition education, door-to-door transportation and financial assistance programs are available to people over the age of 60 who need help. For more information, visit the U.S. Administration on Aging website at www.AOA.gov.
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