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16 July, 2012

Let’s Talk About Senior Driving

2020-05-22T19:54:55-07:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Dementia, Elder Care, Health & Wellness, Hearing Loss|

In our society, we sometimes forget that driving is a privilege, not a right. Safe driving depends upon the ability to see, think and move. While many older drivers continue to drive safely, the ability to drive safely can be severely impacted by dementia or other medical conditions that cause confusion, memory loss or cognitive impairment, vision and hearing loss, alcohol use, and medication side effects. It's a difficult issue to face, but ignoring it won't make the problem go away. I hear lots of older drivers diminish the risks involved, saying that they only drive to places they ...

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19 March, 2011

Excuse Me, Could You Repeat That?

2020-05-22T19:56:56-07:00March 19th, 2011|Categories: Elder Care, Hearing Loss|

In our practice, we meet a lot of folks who are coping with hearing loss. For those who are hard of hearing, communication can be a frustrating and daunting task. The following tips are very helpful in improving communication: Speak slowly and enunciate clearly. Pause between sentences. Do not shout. A loud voice may increase distortion without improving comprehension. State the topic of discussion as you begin. When you change the topic, make sure the listener is aware of the new topic. Allow the person with hearing loss to choose their seating first, and ask what you can do to ...

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