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Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Senior Care in Granite Bay CA

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is vision loss caused by damage to blood vessels of the retina. Early detection is vital in preserving vision. As a family Senior-Care-in-Granite-Bay-CAcaregiver of an elderly parent with diabetes, being aware of this possible complication will help keep your loved one’s vision strong into their senior years.

 

Symptoms

  • Blurred Vision
  • Seeing Floaters—wiggly spots that drift across their central vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Dark spots or shadows in vision field
  • Eye Pain
  • Cataracts

 

Prevention

Controlling your parent’s blood sugar levels is crucial to preventing this disease. In addition, it is recommended that those with diabetes have a yearly eye exam. If your loved one has already been diagnosed with Diabetic retinopathy, keeping their blood sugar in check will slow the progression.

There are several measures to take to ensure your loved one is managing their diabetes. Senior care providers are also educated in the dietary requirements of those with diabetes and can be a great help in ensuring your parent is following guidelines that keep the complications of diabetes at bay. Besides potentially damaging the eyes, diabetes can also lead to kidney nerve and heart damage.

 

Recommendations

Keep blood sugar within normal limits by:

  • Make sure your parent is taking their medication at the prescribed times. A senior care provider can also remind them of this.
  • Monitor and maintain blood pressure.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake
  • Create a diabetes meal plan.

 

Diabetic Meal Plans

There are several different ways to develop a meal plan for your loved one with diabetes. Whole books have been written on the subject. There are three popular methods that many caregivers and senior care providers choose

  • The Glycemic Index (G.I.)

The Glycemic Index measures how much a specific food raises blood glucose in comparison to glucose or white bread. The idea is to choose foods with a low to medium G.I. such as beans, nonstarchy vegetables, most fruits and some whole-grains.

  • The Plate Method

Divvy up their plate into three sections. ¼ is high-protein foods such as lean meats. ¼ is whole grains or starchy vegetables. ½ is nonstarchy vegetables such as greens or broccoli. Include a side of fruit and some dairy to round out this healthy diet.

  • Carb Counting

This involves keeping track of the amount of carbohydrates consumed. The suggested intake for carbs is between 45 – 65 % of total calories. IT’s also important to choose healthy carbohydrates such as sprouted whole grains over white bread.

 

Help

Senior care providers have been down this road before and are happy to assist with meal planning and preparation.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Granite Bay, CA, please contact the caring staff at Support for Home. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today (916) 482-8484 or (530) 792-8484

 

Jason Wu, President

President at ApexCare
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.

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