Making the most of the beautiful things life has to offer can be quite difficult for those struggling to overcome the limitations set in place by vision loss or permanent blindness. Low vision is the term used to refer to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, pharmaceuticals, glasses or contact lenses. It is often characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision. Low vision can impact people of all ages, but is primarily associated with older adults. Common examples of low vision include Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, and Glaucoma. Read more

Facts About Stroke

According to the numbers provided by the American Stroke Association, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. As the third leading cause of death in the United States, strokes most commonly occur in individuals over the age of 65.

Did you know almost 2 million brain cells die every single minute a stroke is left untreated? As a matter of fact, lack of proper treatment is the main reason why strokes are considered one of the leading causes of long-term disabilities in the United States. While strokes are alarming medical concerns that could cause disabilities and even put one’s life on the line, in reality, they are largely treatable and preventable. Read more

Therapy to Restore Speech Lost to Aphasia

Did you know that strokes are the fifth most common cause of disability in the U.S? Strokes can be caused by a plethora of factors, including vascular malformations, trauma, and elevated blood pressure. A stroke can impact one’s overall health and quality of life in a number of ways, by triggering multiple communication problems.  One such problem is Aphasia, a language disorder affecting the stroke sufferers’ ability to communicate, which requires speech therapy to help the sufferer learn to communicate again. People that suffer from Aphasia typically have symptoms associated with damage to the left side of their brain. The person may have difficulty finding or pronouncing words, forming sentences, misunderstanding what others say, difficulty spelling and writing sentences, and problems with counting or reading the time on a clock. Read more

Understanding Stroke Risk

According to the numbers provided by the American Stroke Association, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. The fact that strokes are often ignored or mishandled is just as disturbing. Read more

Healthy bones are an invaluable asset at any age, allowing individuals to move freely, conduct daily tasks at a normal pace, embrace healthy, active lifestyles and avoid pain and discomfort like the ones caused by osteoporosis. Read more

Caring for aging parents requires special care and finding the best methods to overcome the stress, sadness, and anxiety that the child-parent role reversal inevitably brings along is usually a priority for caring children. Caring for an aging parent is no easy task. As a matter of fact, this job is of the most challenging family milestones, considering its wide array of complications, including emotional aspects, underlying family problems, elevated costs and lack of time. Nonetheless, when family members learn to collaborate as a solid team to protect the best interest of an aging family member, they become more able to improve the lives of their loved ones and avoid divergences that could cause even more stress and emotional trauma. Read more