February Festivities

This month carries many causes that claim recognition. Traditionally it includes holidays for the lunar New Year, Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, the birthdays of US Presidents Washington and Lincoln and of Emancipation activist Frederick Douglas. 

Modern celebrations and causes abound. This website lists more than fifty. CLICK HERE

Most of us know about Women’s History Month and African American History Month, but did you know it’s also Cherry Pie Month (presumably in recognition of the Cherry tree myth about President Washington)? 

Whether Valentine’s Day is named for a sympathetic Roman priest or a pagan fertility festival, we Americans are certainly entrenched in the flowers and candy ritual. And, you likely will eat a piece of cherry pie during February because it’s  the special at your favorite restaurant on Presidents Day. 

One that struck a chord with me was AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Good vision is so important to graceful aging. 

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But if vision loss is age-related, how do we avoid it or compensate for the issues it causes? 

According to the website eye.ufl.edu, “the exact cause of AMD is not known. But there are a number of risk factors that may play a role. Some you can help control, some you can’t. The same things that put you at risk for heart disease and stroke also put you at risk for AMD. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Risks you cannot control include age, family history, gender and race.”

Also, knowing that our vision will change, we can prepare our homes to improve visibility with proper lighting upgrades and the removal of obstacles or confusing light sources.

Horizontal and vertical blinds can cause shadows on the floor that resemble steps and are difficult to negotiate. Low light on stairs makes it difficult to see the treads. Sunlight or light bulbs that are too bright cause glare that can confuse your senses. Some careful attention to lighting can make it easier to stay in your home longer. Aging in place costs less, is more comfortable, and can slow memory loss. CLICK HERE to read more. 

Do you have questions or concerns about your home? Golden Bridges’ certification includes Aging in Place from NASMM@home. Call us at 888-922-6368 to schedule a consultation. We can help with lighting, rearranging frequently used items at easy to reach levels or recommended remodeling that allows you to remain at home. 

It’s your move, Golden Bridges can help!

Susan Scholz, Partner

Golden Bridges

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