Caregiver, companion, aide, loved one, supporter. There are a lot of ways to refer to someone supporting a loved one with a disease like Wet AMD. In 2015, there were over 43 million caregivers in the U.S., according to the AARP’s comprehensive report on Caregiving in the United States.1 Anyone can fill this role, but the type of support provided can look different to different people.
If you assist your loved one with everyday activities, chances are you're helping your loved one with one or more of the following2:
- Activities of daily living, including getting in and out of beds and chairs, getting dressed, bathing, or going to the bathroom.
- Instrumental activities of daily living, including transportation, grocery shopping, housework, preparing meals, and managing finances.
- Other key activities, like helping administer medications, monitoring overall health, and communicating with healthcare professionals on behalf of a loved one.
- General support and encouragement to help them stay positive.
Assisting a loved one can have its challenges, but there are simple tips to help you care for yourself and your loved one with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD).
If your loved one is living with Wet AMD, there are many simple things that you can do to help improve his or her daily life—from assisting with the complications of aging, to creating a more low-vision friendly environment, to reminding your loved one to focus on eye health.
Caring for a loved one with Wet AMD can cause stress in your own life and lead to your taking on more than you’re able to manage or feeling burned out.4
To help manage your stress levels, check out these tips for a few simple ideas to help you be your own caregiver while supporting a loved one with Wet AMD.
Own Eye Health A family history of Wet AMD increases your risk of developing this disease.8 If your loved one with Wet AMD is a relative of yours, it’s important that you also schedule regular eye exams for yourself.
Continue to grow in your role with resources and information to help you better support someone living with Wet AMD. Check out the full Resources & Tools page for even more materials, including the Patient Mentor Program, a program to connect you to someone living with Wet AMD.
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- Caregiving in the U.S. 2015. AARP Public Policy Institute. AARP Web site. http://bit.ly/2yRjb5w. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- Caregiving. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site. http://bit.ly/2AVYuH3. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- Vision loss and blindness. Family Caregiver Alliance Web site. http://bit.ly/1nITM7Z. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- 10 ways to deal with caregiver stress. AARP Web site. http://bit.ly/2ipy9t6. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- Help for first-time caregivers. AARP Web site. http://bit.ly/2C16uFP. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- Reactions to vision loss: is someone you love experiencing vision loss? American Foundation for the Blind, VisionAware Web site. http://bit.ly/2zMnylA. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- Symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and how it is diagnosed. American Foundation for the Blind, VisionAware Web site. http://bit.ly/2fB5nGl. Accessed November 17, 2017.
- Facts about age-related macular degeneration. National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute Web site. http://bit.ly/1dBK8yC. Accessed November 17, 2017.