OMAHA, Neb., March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- As people age, senses such as taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight
While sensory issues like hearing or vision loss can cause minor annoyances, they are also linked to much more serious problems like depression and feelings of isolation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia examined the impact of undiagnosed or untreated hearing issues in seniors ages 60 to 69 and found that for every 10 decibel drop in hearing sensitivity, the odds of social isolation increase by 52 percent.
"Sensory loss is common among older adults, but it can also cause difficult and lasting side effects, including feelings of depression and isolation," said Lakelyn Hogan, gerontologist at Home Instead Senior Care. "Understanding and identifying early warning signs can make all the difference for an older adult who might be experiencing these changes."
Home Instead Senior Care encourages families to be mindful of signs that an older adult is experiencing diminished senses, including:
While sensory loss is largely unpreventable, it is possible to reduce side effects by detecting symptoms early. Staying up to date with yearly check-ups and participating in hearing and vision screenings could help identify early signs of sensory loss and provide insight on meaningful solutions.
Home Instead Senior Care provides specialized training for its CAREGivers? to help them better understand the aging process, identify the signs of sensory loss and deliver the best care for seniors experiencing the impacts of sensory loss, such as loneliness and isolation.
To learn more about how Home Instead Senior Care can assist with the difficulty of sensory loss, visit http://www.homeinstead.com.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, the Home Instead Senior CareŪ franchise network provides personalized care, support and education to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, the network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,200 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 70 million hours of care annually throughout the United States and 11 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 80,000 CAREGivers? worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners partner with clients and their family members to help meet varied individual needs. Services span the care continuum from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources.
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