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Are There Solutions for Dry Eye?

Dry eye can be a subtle problem, but once your senior notices that her eyes aren’t feeling as comfortable as they usually do she may start to notice why. Here are some tips for managing dry eyes for your senior.

See What Her Doctor Has to Say

Your senior’s doctor is the best starting point if she’s experiencing dry eye. It’s possible that health issues or the medications she’s been prescribed to manage those health issues are contributing to her dry eye. Changes to her diet, like including more omega-3 fatty acids, could be something helpful. Her primary care physician may also recommend that she sees her eye doctor to cover all the bases. If dietary changes don’t help, eye drops or ointment may.

Hydration Always Matters

When considering dietary changes, one of the biggest things to look at is how much water your senior is taking in. If she’s dehydrated then parts of her body, like her eyes and her mouth, may be consistently dry. That can be uncomfortable and a big sign that she needs to drink more water. Sipping water throughout the day is the best approach, but it can also help to bump up her intake of foods that contain water.

Humidity Levels Can Make a Difference

It’s not just water levels inside your senior’s body that matter, though. The humidity level in her environment also matters. If the air is too dry, she’s likely to feel that in her skin and in her eyes. This is usually a problem in winter when heat is on more often, but it can also be an issue in the summer when air conditioners are running more frequently.

Sunglasses Really Can Help

The sun, and particularly UVB and UVA rays, can damage your senior’s eye and make them dry out. When your elderly family member is outside or is in a sunny location, sunglasses that are rated to block UVA and UVB rays can help to protect her eyes. She may also want to consider lenses that automatically darken to protect her eyes if she wears glasses all the time.

It’s tough to keep up with all of these variables for your senior completely on your own. Elderly care providers can make the job easier and they can be there for your senior when life is complicated. There’s a lot more that they can do for your senior, too, including offering much-needed companionship.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Alamo, CA, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Walnut Creek. (925) 203-3039.

Unite Generations During National Bake for Family Fun Month

Elderly Care in Alamo CAThe Home Baking Association designed Bake for Family Fun Month as a way to get families into the kitchen together. It’s a time for generations to unite, help each other master cooking skills, and enjoy meals together.

For February’s National Bank for Family Fun, you should join multiple generations for weekly dinners that you prepare together. All ages can join in. The youngest children can stir batters, collect and put away ingredients, and help with planning.

You’ll find that your kids learn tips from your parents, and your parents will enjoy having the grandchild’s help finding recipes and building shopping lists online. Consider these tips when planning your family dinners.

Plan Several Dishes for Different Skill Levels

Depending on the group that’s going to be in the kitchen, you’ll want to plan different dishes that meet the skill levels. If you have lots of children, dough works well. Cookie dough is one idea. Kids can take turns mixing the dough by hand and scooping the dough onto sheets.

More complex entrees and sides can be worked on by the more advanced cooks. Prep work is good for those who have a steady hand for chopping and peeling.

Create Menus that Cater to Everyone’s Dietary Needs

Work together to create menus that give everyone an option. If you have family members who need low-salt meals, make sure some of the items you’re serving meet that need. Do the same with anyone with food allergies or sensitivities or who follow a vegetarian, pescatarian, or similar diet.

Shop Together

Before the family meal, give everyone a list and go to the store. You’ll save time in the store. If you don’t want to do a group shopping trip, have everyone shop before they arrive. That splits the cost of the meal up, and you’re starting with everything you need as soon as people arrive.

Plan Things Out

If there is limited space in the kitchen, you can’t all be in there at the same time. Create a plan where everyone has time to do their tasks without being rushed. Start with the prep work and gathering of ingredients. From there, move to the cooking, baking, and end with serving.

Elderly care helps your parents eat nutritious meals when you cannot be there to help. If you’ve found your parents are relying heavily on packaged foods and takeout, look into the meal preparation services an elderly care agency offers. They’ll have a companion around to cook meals and keep them company as often as is desired.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Alamo, CA, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Walnut Creek. (925) 203-3039.