ELDERLY WITH VISION AND HEARING IMPAIRMENTS<br />82% of all people visually impaired are age 50 or older (19% of the worlds population).<br />Hearing loss affects 2 million adults over the age of 70. Making it one of the most chronic health conditions in older adults today.<br />
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE OLDER POPULATION TO GET CHECKED FOR VISION PROBLEMS<br /><ul><li>A new study suggests senior citizens untreated for vision problems have a higher rate of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicare does not cover preventative screenings for most beneficiaries. Leading our mom’s and dad’s waiting until the problem is so severe it can not be treated effectively.</li></li></ul><li>WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED ELDERLY<br />
THE ELDERLY NEED TO BE ASSESSED FOR HEARING LOSS<br /><ul><li>20% of people needing hearing aides actually have them.
Hearing loss causes embarrassment, fatigue, not only for the person with the hearing loss but also friends, family and co-workers.</li></li></ul><li>WYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE HEARING IMPAIRED OLDER ADULT<br />
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?<br />Raise awareness to get our elderly populations hearing and vision screened<br />Take a sign language class<br /><ul><li>Hold public screenings for the elderly with low or no-income.
Make this problem a subject your community will not ignore.
So I can properly communicate with my residents to decrease frustration.</li></li></ul><li>THIS WAS MEANINGFUL<br /><ul><li>This project was very meaningful.
And will be meaningful in the lives of the residents I have for the rest of my career.
Unfortunately Alzheimer's plays a big role in the elderly today. There are no more simple ways of maybe avoiding this horrible disease than by getting your mom’s vision checked.</li></li></ul><li>REFERENCES<br />www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs282/en/<br />www.webmd.com/news/20031020/hearing-loss-elderly-not-treated<br />