NODA Area Agency on Aging
Judy Rupp CIRS-A Care Coordinator
580-237-2236 or 800-749-1149
Caregiver Assistance News
"CARING- FOR YOU... CARING FOR OTHERS'
Vision Loss/Home Accident Prevention
/We all depend on our eyes, so it is
important to have regular eye exams
every two years by a specialist in eye
disease (ophthalmologist) or someone
who examines the eyes (optometrist),
especially after age 50. These exams
can also spot other serious diseases
such as diabetes. Finding and
treating disease early can prevent
serious diseases from getting worse
and leading to blindness. Danger
signs to watch for are changes in
the color or size of an object when
one eye is covered or when straight
poles appear bent or wavy. See an
ophthalmologist without delay.
• Tell the doctor of any medicines
the person is taking and if there is
a history of glaucoma.
• Get a yearly eye exam for a person
Falls are the leading cause of
death, injury and hospital admissions
among the elderly population. Last
year, more than 1.6 million seniors
were treated in emergency rooms for
Why Do Seniors Fall?
Failure to exercise regularly
results in poor muscle tone, decreased
bone mass, loss of balance and
Impaired vision, including age-
related vision diseases, as well as
not wearing glasses that have been
Medications, like sedatives, antidepressants, and anti-psychotic drugs,
plus taking multiple medications,
increase the risk of falling.
Health conditions, such as
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and arthritis
cause weakness in the extremities,
poor grip strength, balance disorders
and cognitive impairment.
Hip replacements and other
surgeries leave an elderly person
weak, in pain and discomfort and
less mobile than they were before
Environmental hazards, such as
poor lighting, loose carpets and lack
of safety equipment.