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Music can be a wonderful addition to caregiving, whether the loved one is cognitively intact, or has memory lossHealth care professionals can use music toto treat a long list of conditions; depression, Tourette syndrome, Huntington’s disease, autism, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, brain injury and cardiac disease.In home care, we often find that music benefits everyone, and particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury or stroke. Music can tap memories and reduce anxiety, pain, heart rate and blood pressure.If you are a caregiver, music can help you with daily activities.Music therapists offer these suggestions:
·       Select familiar songs. Most people remember songs from their childhood, teens or twenties. What songs does Mom love? Opera? Show tunes? What songs make her dance?
·       Choose your music source. Pick what works best for you; Cd’s MP3 player or iPod, or a time tested turntable and vinyl collection. No music of your own? Libraries have great collections.  The website Pandora.com will tailor a radio station to your musical taste when you select an artist or genre.
·       Use music to alter moods Parkinson’s, stroke, memory loss can all leave a person depressed and frustrated. But when music is playing, they can be soothed and calmed. “People are transported by music.” When you are driving with a patient, music can make an errand or appointment easier and even enjoyable.
·       Gear music to activities. You can use music to get loved ones through transitions, whether moving from one room to another or accomplishing specific tasks. Play peaceful music for waking, livelier, upbeat   tunes when getting dressed for the day. One of the best ways to get suggestions across is to sing, rather than speak. Need to get Mom into the shower? Put on Duke Ellington and dance into the bathroom.
·       Make music together.  Sitting together listening listening to music can be bonding. Taking care of someone who can’t communicate can make a caregiver feel lonely and unable to relate, but music can be a way to connect that can be profoundly meaningful.
·       Tune in to your own needs. Turn on the tunes! You will feel much better!  

 

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The lens of your eye is made mostly of water and protein. Aging can cause proteins in the lens to accumulateand create a cloudy area on the eye, which prevents light from passing through. This cloudy area on the lens is a cataract.  The size of cataracts can vary and will dtermine how your vision is affected.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
  • Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
  • More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Faded or yellowed colors
  • The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Double vision within one eye

Cataracts are diagnosed through a dilated eye exam.  Using eye drops, your opthamologist will widen the pupil of your eye.  This allows the doctor to see your eye's lens and determine whether there is any evidence of a cataract developing.

Generally, cataracts are a result of aging; however, there are three other less common causes--congenital, non age related and traumatic. Congenital cataracts can be hereditary or linked to birth defects and occur in infants and children. Non age related cataracts are linked to other eye problems, including previous eye surgeries or chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Finally, traumatic cataracts are a result of an injury and can develop immediately, or months or years later.

The most common treatment for cataracts is surgery.  It is an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay.  During the surgery, your opthamologist will remove the eye's lens and replace it with an artificial lens implant known as an intraocular lens. (IOL)

After surgery, you will have to use prescribed eye drops to promote healing, wear an eye shield while sleeping and special wrap sunglasses in bright light, avoid eye rubbing and strenuous activity for a period of time.  Wright's Home Care aides can assist you after your cataract surgery with medication reminders, housekeeping and errands and transportation while you recover.