Archive for January, 2017

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Eye Problems

January 20th, 2017 No Comments

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As we grow older, one of the most important steps we can take to maintain our quality of life is to look after our eyesight. Consider this: one in six adults age 45 and over will experience some type of age-related eye problem and the risk of complete vision loss increases with age.

The leading causes of blindness and low vision among Americans are primarily attributed to age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Protecting vision as we grow older is essential to overall healthcare. Regular eye examinations are a good way to prevent and catch age-related eye problems in their earliest stages. Even better, take one or more of these preventative measures to ensure your eyesight stays sharp.

1. Find out if you face an increased risk for eye disease

Many traits that increase your risk of developing certain eye diseases are hereditary. Having knowledge of your family’s medical history can help better equip your optician or doctor with relevant information that might help prevent or treat age-related eye conditions. For example, a family history of diabetes places you at risk of developing the sight-stealing eye disease glaucoma.  Age and ethnicity are also common factors that could increase your risk.

2. Lookout for signs of changes in your vision

Even though treatment is available for many age-related eye conditions, prevention is the best route. It’s important to monitor your eyesight and take immediate action when you notice a difference. Any changes in your vision, such as hazy or blurry vision, poor vision in low light conditions, double vision or any other changes including spots, see your doctor immediately. If you experience eye swelling, pain, or flashes of light, these symptoms can be indicators of a more serious eye condition and should be addressed immediately.

3. Schedule and keep regular health exams

In addition to arranging regular eye exams, it’s important to look after your general health. Certain health problems can lead to problems with your eyesight and cause vision loss if left untreated. Both high blood pressure and diabetes can contribute to loss of vision due to eye strokes and diabetic retinopathy. Having regular health screenings can help detect these conditions early.

4. Regular Exercise

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, exercising regularly could help to reduce the risk of glaucoma by 25%. Exercise can also help to manage medical conditions such as diabetes and reduce the risk of other diseases from developing.

5. Protect Your Eyes Against UV Rays

The sun’s UV rays can be harmful to the eyes, which is why it’s so important to wear sunglasses with good UV protection. In doing so you’ll be protecting yourself from the risk of cataracts and other vision problems.

6. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet, especially one packed with vegetables and fruit, can help protect your eyesight.  Studies have shown that foods packed with antioxidant vitamins may decrease the risk of developing or may even delay the progression of cataracts.

If you or a loved one is battling an age-related eye problem that has begun to affect their daily quality of life, home care provided by Visiting Angels may be the perfect option for you. Our Angels are available to help assist with personal care, housekeeping, shopping, hygiene assistance, and more. At Visiting Angels, we aim to help you or someone you love maintain an enjoyable and independent lifestyle in the comfort of home. To learn more about how we can assist you, contact us at (609) 883-8188.

CHHAs—Apply at Visiting Angels today!

January 18th, 2017 No Comments

Visiting Angels is hiring CHHAs Certified Home Health Aides. Call 609-883-8188.

CHHA Certified Home Health Aide Jobs in New Jersey

If you’re a CHHA who lives in either Mercer or Burlington County, we’d like to meet you. Learn why Visiting Angels has been voted #1 Best Place to Work by caregivers nationwide!

We’re a large home care company here in New Jersey, so we have many clients who need care in their homes. We have lots of assignments for the best CHHAs in the area. We offer competitive pay, referral bonuses, 4-hour minimum shifts, and many hours to fill with terrific workers like you!

Apply with us online at www.njseniorcare.com/jobs or call 609-883-8188 today.

We only hire New Jersey-certified home health aides (CHHAs). If you’re not certified, check out our CHHA training page to locate a program near you. Watch our Caring Careers videos to learn why being a Visiting Angel is so rewarding.

Glaucoma: you might have it and not know it!

January 11th, 2017 No Comments

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Your vision is too important to ignore routine eye exams. Glaucoma is an eye disease that doesn’t give you a warning. There’s no pain, blurry vision, or discomfort. Yet almost 3 million people have glaucoma and don’t even realize they have it!

It starts with fluid buildup that increases pressure in your eyes. This will cause damage to your optic nerves. It first affects your peripheral (side) vision and moves onto permanent blindness.

The only way to detect glaucoma is to have a dilated eye exam. You should have a dilated eye exam every one to two years is important, especially if you’re at higher risk. If you are diagnosed early, the disease can be controlled through medication or surgery.

Who is at a greater risk?

  • African-Americans over the age of 40
  • Anyone over the age of 60, especially Hispanic/Latino
  • Those who have a family history of glaucoma

Make a resolution this year to get an eye exam! Visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma to find an eye care professional.

Watch this video from the National Eye Institute to learn more about glaucoma.

January Home Care News by Angels

January 10th, 2017 No Comments

Visiting Angels’ January Newsletter

Our January newsletter is ready to read! In this issue:

5 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors; Gadget Corner: Safe Grabs and Get Up and Go Cane; Senior Humor: A Perfect Marriage?; January Celebrity Birthdays; Angel Recipes: Balsamic Pork Chops; Client Testimonial: George, Bordentown, NJ; Angels Who Soar: Ben W-S. and Aeysha G.; Protect Your Family’s Health This Year with 5 Food Safety Tips; New Year Trivia; January Community Resource Bulletin: Fighting Post-Holiday Depression; Office Mascot, Max: Happy January; Happy New Year from Office Staff (photos)

Read the January issue today!

Missed last month? Check out our newsletter archive page.

Happy New Year from Visiting Angels

January 1st, 2017 No Comments

Happy new year

Happy New Year from Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties, NJ

As 2017 arrives, all of us at Visiting Angels wish you a new year filled with good health and happiness.