How Changes in Vision may be Affecting Your Parent with Alzheimer’s

The process of seeing involves complex electrical impulses that begin with the eyes and end with the brain. Due to the changes occurring in your parent’s brain from having Alzheimer’s disease, their vision may become distorted and result in seeing things that aren’t really there, although they appear quite real to your parent.

Homecare Pittsford NY - How Changes in Vision may be Affecting Your Parent with Alzheimer’s

Homecare Pittsford NY – How Changes in Vision may be Affecting Your Parent with Alzheimer’s

The Changes Taking Place

Your parent may be seeing a distortion of reality. For instance, the patterns or type of fabric may create the image of a face or animal for your parent. This distortion can lead to your parent guessing at what they are seeing. A shadow may appear to be a hole on the floor.

In addition to having problems coming up with the right word, they may eventually experience problems identifying objects and people. This is when they mistake family members for each other or have a difficult time differentiating from one to another.

Some people experience motion blindness. Their world becomes a series of still frames instead of the moving motion picture that most people see. It’s believed that this may be part of the problem that leads to those with dementia getting lost in familiar locations.

Contrasting colors as well as colors in the blue-violet range may become difficult to detect. This leads to individuals having a difficult time differentiating between objects if they are all one color. For instance, they may not be able to see the white mashed potatoes on the white plate.

How to Help

Knowing what your loved one is going through can help you make changes in their environment that will make it easier for them to perceive their surroundings correctly. This includes:

  • Take a fresh look at their home from your loved one’s perspective. Are there areas with little contrasting color? Consider painting certain walls, baseboards or door frames. Red may be easier for most people to see. Look at their bathroom. Is everything white? Bring contrast to the room, toilet and shower as well as towels and towel racks.
  • Make sure your parent’s home is well lit. Add more lights and reduce glare by making sure all lamps have a shade. Install blinds which make it easier to control both lighting and glare.
  • Painting the edge of stairs a contrasting color is very important to your parent’s safety.

Knowing the changes occurring in your parent’s brain and eyes can help you see from their perspective. Routine is extremely helpful to a person whose world is undergoing daily changes. Keeping them in calm environments away from too much stimulus or noise also helps keep them safe and less agitated.

Homecare Provider

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be incredibly rewarding while at the same time requiring a large amount of energy. Be sure to replenish yours along the way. A homecare provider can assist with the everyday tasks of living as well as provide the companionship so important to a loved one undergoing the effects of dementia.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Pittsford NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)