According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, “Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.” Below are some ways to acknowledge National Glaucoma Awareness Month:
Spread Awareness About Glaucoma
This is an excellent opportunity for seniors to help spread awareness to their friends and other family members. Those who are assisting them with home care can request free information throughout National Glaucoma Awareness Month so their loved ones can:
- Pass it out when friends or family members come to visit
- Have something to refer to when having one-on-one discussions about the topic
- Use it as a point of reference when groups come over for social gatherings specifically about National Glaucoma Month
- If family members schedule a speaking engagement with them at a senior center or church, they can have materials to pass out or hold up during their talk.
Research Information About Glaucoma
This month is a great time to begin researching about Glaucoma. Research can occur by:
- Finding medical articles online to read together
- Listening to podcasts or audiobooks from medical professionals
- Watching webinars or videos together
- Talking to physicians about their potential for getting the disease
- Looking at the family’s history to find out if anyone else has suffered from glaucoma in the past
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. The most common form of glaucoma has no warning signs. The effect is so gradual that you may not notice a change in vision until the condition is at an advanced stage.” Therefore, it’s critical to attend regularly scheduled appointments.
Final Thoughts About Glaucoma
No one likes thinking about potentially losing their sight or the related risk factors. However, as loved ones continue to progress in age, this reality is something families must address with them. This reality is particularly true when family members are diabetic or severely near-sighted because they stand a greater chance of getting glaucoma. Even though these discussions are tough, they still must occur nonetheless.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Fountain Hills, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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