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What You Should Know About World Blindness Awareness Month

By Erin Carll

Senior Care in Cranberry Township PA

October is World Blindness Awareness Month. As a family caregiver this is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about the challenges and prevalence of blindness and low vision so that you can prepare yourself to give your elderly loved one the best care possible if this arises.

Some things that you should know about World Blindness Awareness Month include:

• There is no set definition to specify what is “vision loss” or “low vision”
• The United States Bureau of the Census asks about “significant vision loss” and is intended to describe both total blindness, near-total blindness, and difficulty seeing that makes it difficult for them to engage in the world around them even when they are using corrective devices
• The term “legally blind” describes vision challenges rated to 20/200 or less in the strongest of the two eyes even when using the best available corrective equipment, or that the person has a field of vision that is 20 degrees or less
• According to the National Federation of the Blind, just under 7,328,000 people throughout the United States are suffering from a visual disability
• This number accounts for 2.3 percent of the total population of the United State
• There are more than 6,846,000 adults throughout the United States who are suffering from a visual disability
• This number accounts for 8.7 percent of the total adult population of the United States
• 9.3 percent of the female adult population of the United States deals with a visual disability
• 8.1 percent of the mal adult population of the United States deals with a visual disability
• There are nearly 3 million adults aged 65 or older who are currently dealing with a visual disability
• This number account for 6.8 percent of the total older adult population who has a visual disability

The percentage of older adults who are concerned having a “visual disability” does not account for those who have low vision or visual impairment that does not go to the extent of visual disability. This means that your aging parent may be struggling with decreased visual functioning even if they are not blind or considered visually disabled.

If your elderly loved one has been suffering from low vision or blindness, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can help your aging parent to adapt to their reduction in vision and guide them in modifying tasks so that they are still able to maintain as much of their independence as possible as they age in place. This can include providing physical assistance to help them navigate their home safely, offering reliable transportation to get them where they need and want to go, and helping them to find forms of entertainment and engagement to keep their mind and body active. By helping your parent to cope with these changes in their function and keep their quality of life high, a care provider can help your parent avoid potentially serious issues such as depression, anxiety, and isolation.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Cranberry Township, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.