How to Help a Senior Loved One with Hearing Loss

The ability to communicate is a big part of what holds the world together. Speaking and listening form the foundation of interpersonal communication, but we often take those abilities for granted. However, things tend to change as people grow older. Read more
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Aging and the Senses: How to Deal With Loss

It usually starts to become noticeable as middle age approaches — hearing clearly in conversations becomes more difficult; reading requires more effort and glasses become essential for adequate vision. The diminishment of hearing and vision are common for everyone, but these changes are generally accepted as a natural part of the aging process. And most people navigate through the changes successfully, adapting to life and making the necessary adjustments, often with the help of loved ones and others. Unfortunately, it isn’t just hearing and vision that diminish as a person grows old. In fact, the loss or diminishment of multiple sense is quite common among older individuals: some estimates indicate that up to 94% of older people experience the loss of at least one of the five senses. New Information Sheds Light on Sensory Loss A recent study performed by the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project in conjunction with the University of Chicago looked at 3,000 adults in the
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Helping Seniors Handle Grief and Loss

Losing people in one s life is never easy, but we tend to think that when people of a certain age pass away, it s okay because that person experienced a rich, full life. But what about the people who are left behind – the spouses, the best friends and the morning coffee-club conversation partners? When seniors lose friends, acquaintances and loved ones, they experience just as much grief and loss as anyone else. Understanding this fact is important for family members and caregivers, but what s critical is learning how to help seniors handle their grief and loss in a healthy manner. You Don t Have to Do it Alone When a senior loved one in your life has experienced a loss and you re the primary caregiver, you may feel a sense of duty that compels you to be the sole provider of emotional support. It doesn t have to be this way. Don t hesitate to enlist family members or friends so that they can offer their love and support, as well. Pay Attention Although grief affects different people
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Dealing with Hearing Loss

About one-in-three people between 65 and 74 have significant hearing problems and nearly 50 percent of people 85 and older deal with hearing loss. Whether it’s mild or severe, hearing loss is a serious concern, as it can be a safety issue for us as we age in life. Hearing loss affects the lives of the elderly in many ways. It can cause them to become isolated, as their inability to hear what others are saying leaves them out of many conversations. It can also cause them not to notice noises that could alert them to danger, such as the sound of an oncoming vehicle or an oven buzzer. Older Americans should see a doctor about possible hearing loss if they experience: Difficulty in hearing over the telephone Trouble following conversations Needing to turn up the television to the point that others complain Frequently hearing what others are saying as mumbling Difficulty in hearing high-pitched voices If you are having trouble hearing, the medical professional to see is the otolaryngolog
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