Understanding the Effects of Aging on the Sensory System

An older person may find it easier to change their ways of performing daily tasks when he/she understands how the aging process affects their 

sensory system. Then, one can begin to make appropriate adaptations and accept those sensory losses that cannot be completely overcome.
Therefore this document gives an understanding of the effects of aging on the sensory system

Main sections

  • How does aging affect vision?
  • What eye diseases cause poor vision?
  • How can you tell if someone cannot see well?
  • How should you talk with someone that cannot see well?
  • What action may help improve vision?
  • Are there different kinds of hearing loss?
  • What causes hearing loss?
  • Why is it important to understand how hearing loss affects quality of life?
  • How can I recognize if someone cannot hear well?
  • What can be done to help a person with poor hearing?
  • Why do older people resist using a hearing aid?
  • Can what I eat affect my hearing?
  • How can I tell if a person has a poor sense of touch?
  • What causes the loss of the sense of touch?
  • How can a caregiver help someone overcome the loss of touch?
  • How does age change the sense of taste?
  • How can loss of taste be recognized?
  • How to make up for loss of taste.
  • How can you tell when someone cannot smell?
  • What actions will help compensate for loss of smell?
  • References

Date: 01/02/1999
Author: Youmasu J. Siewe
Organization: Oklahoma State University
Reference: http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2418/T-2140web.pdf
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: deaf people, disabilities, blindness, hearing impaired, sensory disabilities, best practices, low vision, visually impaired, senior generation, hearing loss
Categories: Overall support