June 23, 2020

Considering Cataract Surgery? 4 Details to Discuss With Your Doctor

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Cataract Surgery for Seniors

By Meghan Belnap 

If you have plans to get cataract surgery, it’s important that know what to expect. Cataract surgery involves removing the lens of the eye and replacing it, giving the patient clear vision. As you learn more about cataract surgery, make sure your ophthalmologist covers the following details.

The Surgery

When performing cataract surgery, doctors use different techniques used to remove the lens. Up until a few years ago, phacoemulsification was the most popular technique for cataract surgery. This process utilizes an ultrasound device to dissolve or emulsify the cataract. Now, many of today’s ophthalmologists use laser-assisted surgery as their procedure of choice for cataract surgery.

When speaking with your doctor about your upcoming surgery, ask them which technique they recommend. In certain cases, an ophthalmologist won’t choose laser cataract surgery as it may not be compatible with the patient’s anatomy.

Lens Type

Another detail to discuss with your doctor is the type of lens that will be used in the surgery. Multifocal intraocular implants are a popular option. This type of lens implant is designed for high-quality intermediate vision, near vision, and distant vision. Ultimately, ophthalmologists hope to provide their clients with glasses-free vision after their surgery, but this isn’t guaranteed.

Recovery

After cataract surgery, you may feel ready to resume regular activities. However, your eye doctor may warn you about inflammation and potential infections. Doctors typically prescribe eye drops and pain relievers for recovery after surgery. In addition to these options, some ophthalmologists recommend steroids.

When it comes to cataract surgery, corticoid steroids are a popular choice for controlling ocular inflammation. Many ophthalmologists choose to use steroids as fast-acting anti-inflammatories after surgery. Be sure to speak with your doctor about using ocular steroids as a treatment for cataract surgery. Working with your ophthalmologist, you can choose a steroid that is effective for you.

How to Prepare

As you consider cataract surgery, make sure to ask your ophthalmologist what preparations you should make. Before cataract surgery, doctors recommend that patients make arrangements with their friends or family prior to cataract surgery. As your eyesight will be compromised following surgery, it’s best to have plans for a ride home once the surgery is over.

In addition to getting home from the ophthalmologist, you’ll need to prepare for the recovery period. Experts recommend a 48-hour recovery period to rest your eyes after cataract surgery. In the event that you live alone, now is the time to plan ahead and ask someone to help.

Knowing what to expect before you schedule your cataract surgery will help you make the best decisions for your health. Keep this information in mind as you follow up with your ophthalmologist about cataract surgery.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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June 10, 2020

Finding a Senior-Friendly Apartment Complex for Elderly Family

Filed under: Active Adult,Assisted Living,Senior Housing — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 4:19 pm

Senior Living Apartments

By Brooke Chaplan

If you are helping your elderly family find a new place to live, you may want to consider a senior-friendly apartment complex. This way, you know they are moving into a place designed with their comfort, convenience and safety in mind. Use the following tips to find a senior-friendly apartment complex for your elderly family.

Narrow Your Search

The first thing you want to do is narrow down your search to your criteria. You want to look into communities that are specifically designed for seniors rather than a standard apartment community. It is also important to consider the age range of your elderly family. There are some places that only allow seniors over the age of 55 years old or 62 years old to move into the community.

Independent or Assisted Living

You also want to decide if you are looking for an independent or assisted living community for your elderly family. If your seniors can take care of their daily tasks and activities, they may be happier in an independent living community. However, your seniors may need an assisted living community if they cannot handle tasks such as bathing, grooming and dressing on their own.

Research the Amenities

If you are looking for luxury apartments for rent for your elderly family, you want to check out the amenities of the apartments and overall community. The apartment amenities may include large walk-in showers, temperature control and safety features. Your seniors may also have access to a community lounge, dining room and recreational activities. There are also communities that offer housekeeping, transportation and emergency staff.

Read the Reviews

You can also determine if a senior-friendly community is a good fit for your family by reading the reviews on apartment websites. Residents and their loved ones are not going to hesitate to share their positive and negative experiences. If a community has more negative reviews than positive reviews, you want to cross that community off your list.

Schedule A Tour

Once you find a senior-friendly community that fits your criteria, contact the staff to set up a tour. The pictures and information on the website may not do the community any justice, and an in-person tour of the community gives your elderly family a glimpse of their possible home. You may even be able to decide on the spot if it is a good community for your loved ones.

If you take the time to find a senior-friendly apartment complex that fits your criteria, you are sure to find a community that is perfect for your elderly family.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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June 3, 2020

4 Things Every Aging Senior Needs to Know About Stroke

Filed under: Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 10:05 am

Stroke Factors

By Anica Oaks

If you are reaching your older years or know someone who’s a senior, it’s especially important to know about the risks of stroke. These risks increase as people get older, and learning how to recognize certain signs will make it possible for you to take quicker action that may be lifesaving. Here are four important things for every aging senior to know about stroke.

Certain Factors Increase Stroke Risk

In addition to aging, there are certain factors that could increase a senior’s chances of having a stroke. Being overweight is unhealthy at any age, but seniors should be especially diligent about maintaining a healthy weight to try to avoid a stroke. Smoking and eating high-sodium foods that increase blood pressure can also raise a senior’s risk of having a stroke. Having obstructive sleep apnea, which is sometimes more common in seniors and can interfere with breathing while trying to sleep, can further increase stroke risk.

Severe Disability Can Result

People who suffer from strokes are often left with major disabilities that make managing everyday life more difficult. Experiencing a stroke may affect your ability to walk, talk and eat without assistance. A stroke can also cause cognitive effects such as difficulty remembering or rationalizing certain thoughts or emotions. A locum tenens stroke doctor in your area can work with you or a loved one who’s suffered a stroke to try to lessen some of the debilitating effects.

Mini-strokes Can Happen

Not all strokes cause major symptoms or need medical attention right away. Also known as a transient ischemic attack (ITA), a mini-stroke occurs when blood flow to a certain part of the brain is obstructed for a short period. Even though not all mini-strokes are immediate cause for concern, they could be signs that a major stroke will occur in the future. Some of the most common signs of a mini-stroke include sudden headaches, dizziness and partial weakness or numbness.

Family History Often Plays a Role

If any of your family members had a stroke, there could be a genetic factor that will increase your chances of having one as well. This is often especially true if any family member had a stroke at a younger age. It’s important to research the medical histories of parents, grandparents and any siblings to determine if the problem runs in your family.

One of the best ways to ensure better health as a senior is to learn about the risks of having a stroke. Knowing these risks will help you take the appropriate measures to keep yourself and any other seniors in your life safer.

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