A Good Senior Life with Dual Sensory Loss
7 Nov 2012
Getting old means decline of various functions previously taken for granted. For many, life will be influenced in a negative way and the need for change may cause stress. Both old people themselves, but also those around them, occasionally experience dual sensory loss as part of natural aging and out of their control. This does not necessarily mean disregarding the possibility of influencing the negative consequences.
It is fairly common for elderly people to experience severe dual sensory loss. During recent years, various Nordic studies have revealed that this is true for at least 5-10% of all people over age 65. The person affected will, among other things, experience difficulty communicating with others. To a great extent, this influences the potential for active participation. The risk of isolation is apparent with all the consequences that entails. Therefore, people with a severe degree of dual sensory loss need to have their lives organized in accordance with their specific needs. In order for that to happen, knowledge and understanding is required from both professionals and close persons/relatives.
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