Our field of vision changes as we age, but the changes are drastic for a person living with dementia. Eventually the field of vision becomes so restricted that sight becomes a main obstacle in carepartners connecting before providing care. The results could worsen anxiety, hallucinations, mood swings, aggression, and other behavioral issues.
Visual deterioration progresses in the following order:
- 45* peripheral (This is the normal range of vision for an older adult 75 years young.)
- Tunnel vision (The width is about a yard in diameter. Loss of sight occurs in all directions: left, right, up, and down.)
- Binocular vision (Cup your hands around your eyes or use a pair of binoculars to experience this for yourself.)
- Restricted binocular (Cup your hands tighter around each eye, until they are just loose enough to fit a pencil through each opening.)
- Monocular (The brain shuts off vision to one eye. This is because the brain is prioritizing other bodily functions such as digestion, respiration, and blood circulation.)
NursePartners practices the positive physical approach to care. We emphasize the importance of recognizing these changes in order to build meaningful and successful relationships. Admin includes dementia practitioners and coaches that train our carepartners in dementia care before placing them to work with our clients.
Want to learn more about our dementia training? Think these approaches can enhance the quality of life for your loved one?
Call us to learn more about how we can help: 610-323-9800.
“Ambers”, or clients living in a middle stage of dementia, experience the world with binocular vision.
If you want to learn more about reducing challenging behaviors, check out this article from Pines Education.