We often take our senses for granted, until we lose one or more of them. I have a friend who can’t taste anything as the side effect of a medication she took years ago. She says that it doesn’t bother her as much as it did at the beginning.
I suspect it’s because she knows that losing her sense of taste was a risk she was willing to take because those drugs saved her life. In other words, there wasn’t much she could do to prevent the loss of taste in her case.
This week, we want to ask you to ask yourself some questions, that may seem basic on the surface, but as you read this post you will see how important your answers are!
- Which of the five senses do you rely upon the most?
- Do you live alone? Is your home a house or an apartment?
- How often do you visit the eye doctor?
Why prevention matters
The CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) offers great resources for anyone who wants to learn about eye health. Did you know that every 12 minutes, someone in Canada begins to lose their eyesight? 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented.
We rely on our vision to drive or just get around in general. As adults, it can be challenging (but not impossible) to learn how to do things again. Why not take some care to ensure you maintain as much of your vision as possible?
There are instances the outcome of which we cannot control, such as genetic predisposition, illness, environmental factors or an accident. There is, however, a multitude of things we can do to prevent losing our vision. Protecting them can help to keep us safe and productive, and can improve our quality of life.
5 ways seniors can improve their eye health
- Diet: pay attention to your glucose levels and follow a balanced diet to help reduce the risk of diabetic glaucoma. Choose dark green and brightly coloured vegetables, berries, and lean proteins.
- Regular visits to the optometrist can identify eye disease early so you can get proper treatment.
- Reassess the lighting in your home to make sure it’s optimal for your comfort.
- Wear protective glasses in the sun or brightly lit environments.
- Rest! Avoid staring at the TV or computer for too long, or reading in dim light.
How can Retire-At-Home Halton help?
Home care in Halton is accessible and we can work with you to customize a health care plan that you and your family can afford. We can help you understand the OHIP benefits for which you qualify, and how you can maximize your private insurance benefits.
If you have difficulty getting around, we can help organize your transportation to medical appointments. Our caregivers can help you plan and prepare your meals to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need.
- available 24 hours
- mobile physiotherapy (through the Work-Fit Total Therapy program)
- Connect Care Medical Alert
- Nursing care services
- Personal Care services
- Home Support and Housekeeping services
We provide home care services in the following areas: Halton, including Georgetown, Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga North. If you would like to discuss your individual needs (whether or not you’re a senior) contact Retire-At-Home Services Halton for a complimentary in-home consultation at 1-888-509-9394 or 905-864-9020. You can also use our online contact form or our live chat option.