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The Aging Process: The Senses

  1. Click here and read pages 18-23.  When you get to the following pages, click on the following youtube videos to get a better understanding as well as the other activities mentioned.
    1. When you are on page 19 watch this Cataract video, it is 3:57 long.
    2. When you are on page 19 watch this Glaucoma video, it is 2:08 long.
    3. When you are on page 20 watch this Macular Degeneration video, it is 1:22 long.
    4. When you are on page 20 watch this Diabetic Retinopathy video, it is :38 seconds long.
    5. Page 20 Visions in the Home that Can Help One See Better
      1. As caregivers, we can:
        1. Recognize these changes and share them with the primary caregiver.
        2. Identify ourselves when going to visit.
        3. Not stand in front of windows where lighting makes it hard for elderly to see you.
        4. Offer our arm when out.
        5. Tell them of upcoming curbs or stairs.
    6. Page 21 Hearing
      1. Check out the Caption Call website. This is available for any hard of hearing senior who has Internet access.
      2. Watch the Silent Call video here about some devices for the hard of hearing.
    7. Page 22
      1. Touch releases hormone oxytocin which lowers blood pressure and pain tolerance as well as maintains good moods!
        1. Activities to help with touch:
          1. Texture apron/book/lap quilt that stimulates touch with various fabrics, buttons, Velcro, snaps, shoe strings to tie, buckle, etc.
          2. A massage releases tension, improves blood flow, and eases pain of arthritis.
          3. Hand and foot rubs.
      2. We are born with 9,000 taste buds.  Taste buds work with the sense of smell.  Taste relies primarily on odors.  After the age of 60 people begin losing the ability to distinguish between sweet, salty, sour, and bitter foods.  Medications and treatments can be a factor in altering taste and saliva production.  Saliva production decreases causing dryer mouth, thicker saliva, and poorer natural cleansing of the mouth. Loss of taste and smell is a major cause of weight loss in the elderly.
        1. Click here to find some activities to stimulate the appetite in the elderly.
      3. Sense of smell doesn’t generally begin to fade until after the age of 70.
        1. Activities: smell flowers, perfumes, spices, & mention the natural smells when outside.
  2. The Aging Process: The Senses Training Quiz


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