Understanding the Effects of Aging on the Sensory System

Short description:

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

Type of publication:

Good practises

Date of publication:



Youmasu J. Siewe

Publishing organization:

Oklahoma State University



Long description:

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

Copyright information:

import from Sensage project