Many seniors now look at their retirement as a time filled with family, friends and activities they love. But these seniors may not be aware of a rapidly growing health concern that could impact their independence. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness worldwide in people over the age of 65, with the majority of blindness in these cases due to wet AMD. Wet AMD can deprive people of their ability to perform basic activities and translate into the loss of their independence.
Wet AMD is a chronic and degenerative disease, meaning it gets worse over time. It is estimated that as many as 1.5 – 1.75 million people in the U.S. will be living with wet AMD next year.
Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus unveils his top design tips for people with wet AMD and demonstrates how simple design changes can help support their independence at home without sacrificing style.
Nate’s grandmother had macular degeneration, so he can appreciate the role home design can have in preserving independence. Nate also shares how to access all of his design ideas and receive a room-by-room guide with tips and tools for people with wet AMD. This is a program developed by Novartis in partnership with six leading ophthalmology patient advocacy groups.
Berkus explains why this campaign is so important to him. “It’s kind of a personal thing for me because I remember being teenager and standing in my grandma’s condo and her vision was changing and getting worse and worse and worse. We didn’t have this info. We didn’t figure out what needed to be done to help her live independently and safely…you don’t have to live in an ugly room because you have changing vision,” Berkus told The Daily Buzz.
Berkus shares design tips for those with changing vision, “For someone with changing vision, color and contrast is really important. Dark, solid fabrics where they help people see where the sofa is from across the room and define how long it is and where the back is located.”
Find great design tips and key principles to living with AMD at www.myhomeinsightkit.com.