Hearing Loss--Improving Communication with Seniors

“Pardon me?” “Can you repeat that, dear?” “I’m sorry – what was that?” If this sounds like a typical response in your conversation with a loved one or a senior, you’re not alone. The National Institute on Aging reports a strong link between aging and hearing loss, with nearly half of those age 75 and older experiencing difficulties with hearing. Hearing loss usually creeps up gradually on seniors. Over time, the wear and tear on the ears from noise contributes to hearing loss by damaging the sensitive inner ear. However, seniors with hearing loss generally wait an average of seven years before seeking help, and more than 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking

Warning Signs to Watch for after Heart Attacks or Heart Surgery.

Experiencing a heart attack, stroke, or heart surgery is pivotal and life-changing. Having survived what the CDC notes is the leading cause of death for both men and women, the after-effects will linger long after the actual attack or surgery itself. During the recovery period, patients will be incorporating some significant and restrictive dietary and lifestyle changes. No longer being able to eat favorite foods, changing activity levels, and giving up comforting but unhealthy habits all at once can result in feelings of agitation, anxiety, and perhaps even clinical depression, which can be dangerous if left untreated. If you or others you know are recovering from a heart attack, surgery

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