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What You Should Know This Diabetic Eye Disease Month

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. This is the ideal time for you to learn more about this complication of diabetes and how it can impact your senior so that you can take the steps to protect your senior, or to give them the care that they need to cope with it should they develop it as some point in their later years.

Educating yourself and your parent is an important step in understanding the challenges that they face and ensuring that they manage these challenges in the way that is right for them.

Home Care Services Naples FL - What You Should Know This Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Home Care Services Naples FL – What You Should Know This Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Some things that you should know about Diabetic Eye Disease Month include:

  • Nearly 5 percent of visual impairment among non-Hispanic whites is caused by diabetic retinopathy.
  • More than 12 percent of visual impairment among blacks is caused by diabetic retinopathy.
  • 15 percent of visual impairment among Hispanics is caused by diabetic retinopathy.
  • Nearly 7 percent of legal blindness among non-Hispanic whites is caused by diabetic retinopathy.
  • More than 8 percent of blindness among blacks is caused by diabetic retinopathy.
  • More than 10 percent of blindness among Hispanics is caused by diabetic retinopathy.
  • The term “diabetic eye disease” is a blanket term that includes glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.
  • Approximately half of those with diabetes will suffer from diabetic eye disease.
  • Proper management and control of diabetes is an important step in reducing the risk of diabetic eye disease, and in reducing the severity of the eye disease.

Starting home care services for your elderly loved one can be an exceptional way to boost their quality of life and preserve it throughout the rest of their later years. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a customized schedule that ensures they have continuous access to the care, assistance, and support that they need while also keeping you at the center of their care management.

The highly personalized services of a senior home care provider are designed specifically to address your elderly parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, while also supporting a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.

When they are suffering from a particular health condition, knowing this care provider is with your senior can give you a tremendous peace of mind, reassuring you that your parent will receive reminders to stay compliant with their medications and treatments, encouragement to cope with related challenges, and companionship to support their mental and emotional health as well.

Sources:  https://www.aao.org/eye-disease-statistics
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/basics/definition/con-20023311?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=abstract&utm_content=Diabetic-retinopathy&utm_campaign=Knowledge-panel
https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.