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Add comment January 19th, 2011

January is National Glaucoma Month

Are You At Risk for The Silent Thief of Sight?

We would like to thank Dr. PJ Holser of Advanced Eyecare of Grand Rapids for providing us with some useful information about Glaucoma.Did you know January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month? Neither did we, but now we all do!

Please read the following article from Dr. Holser and get his contact information from the resources page of our website if you have any questions for Grand Rapids’ leading eye care specialist.

Are You At Risk for

The Silent Thief of Sight?It can come with no warning and no noticeable symptoms. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. “IT” is Glaucoma, the Silent Thief of Sight, according to Dr. Patrick Holser, Therapeutic Optometrist
“January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and we encourage all people, especially those at higher risk for this disease, to familiarize themselves with the potential symptoms and need for regular eye examinations” Dr. Holser said. “A regular eye examination is especially critical since a person with early-stage Glaucoma may not notice any symptoms at all.”
Dr. Holser added that while the early stage symptoms may not be noticeable, persons with more advanced Glaucoma -may notice blurred vision, the presence of halos around lights, loss of peripheral vision and difficulty focusing on objects.
“Glaucoma affects an estimated 4 million Americans,” Dr. Holser said.  Some people are more at risk than others. Those at higher risk include:•People over the age of 60•African-Americans over age 40•People with diabetes •Individuals that have experienced a serious eye injury •Anyone with a family history of glaucoma
“While there is no cure for Glaucoma, early detection and treatment can slow or prevent further vision loss,” Dr. Holser said. “First and foremost in the process is a comprehensive eye health exam by your family eye doctor.”
Dr. Holser owns and practices at Advanced Eye Care of Grand Rapids located at 5258 Plainfield Ave NE in Grand Rapids and is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, The Vision Source network includes more than 2,100 offices in all 50 states and in Canada. Find out more at

Add comment January 19th, 2011

Why is In-home Senior Care Growing?

The “Graying of America” is something we have all heard about now for years. News stories tell us daily about boomers, our elderly and upcoming changes in health care and so forth. And, it’s true. Our population is aging and our resources are being more and more stretched as we try to care for our elderly in the manner that they want to be cared for.

Why Is the Need for Homecare Greater than Before?

Did anyone ever want to go into a nursing home?

Not in most cases. But historically many families were able to provide care for their elderly relatives so that they did not need to go into a nursing home or assisted living facility. And families still do provide care – 65 million Americans are already serving as caregivers.

Who Are Caregivers
Many caregivers are baby boomers themselves. Older baby boomers are starting to turn 65 now and they are becoming more aware of the need to plan for their own needs. We are seeing our government start to talk about how to deal with our aging population in the best and most cost effective manner. Caregivers themselves in many cases are trying to juggle family, work and care giving.

What Happened?
What changes have happened in our society to make this issue bigger today than it ever was in the past?
1) Adult Children are more likely to live further away (do you know anyone who has left Michigan?)
2) Higher divorce rates mean more seniors are living alone and families caring for 2 elderly parents are stretched even more
3) Lower birthrates mean fewer potential caregivers
4) Nearly 40% of chronically ill adults live alone (according to a U of M study) and many of them are married to a spouse with health issues of their own

Seniors Helping Seniors has a well defined process to help potential franchise partners get all the information they need to make an informed and prudent business decision. At the same time we are sharing information about us with you, we also want to learn more about why you think in-home care may be a good fit for you.
Throughout our process you will have the opportunity to meet our founders as well as our entire corporate team, speak with and ask questions of existing franchise partners, go through a detailed demographic analysis to define a territory that sets you up for success and review our franchise agreement. Email today to take the first step in learning more about the franchise opportunities available with Seniors Helping Seniors In-home Services.

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