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Jan 03, 2024

Listen Up: Here’s How Age Can Impact Your 5 Senses

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Imagine being unable to see well enough to drive. What if you couldn’t smell your favorite flower? Consider what it would be like losing the taste of Mom’s cookies. How would you feel if you could no longer hear the gurgling stream that runs through the nearby park? Contemplate being unable to feel the furry touch of the family dog under your fingertips.

Some people – maybe your parents, grandparents or even you – know all too well what it’s like. From hearing loss to blurred vision, aging adults often notice changes in their five senses. Below you will find resources from the Aging Senses campaign to help you learn what to expect as you grow older, or to protect your loved one’s senses and minimize the effects of sensory loss.


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10 Ways to Save Your Senses

The impact of aging can wreak havoc on the five senses. Aging adults and family caregivers can tap into strategies to minimize the effects.

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DIY Ways to Experience Sensory Loss

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live as an older adult with sensory loss? Try some of these exercises at home to spark empathy.

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Learn the Hidden Risks of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can increase the risk of isolation and loneliness, as Home Instead® Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate Lakelyn Hogan, Ph.D. discovered in her own family.

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5 Tips to Maintain Independence with Vision Loss

Five strategies could help those with vision loss remain independent longer.

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Vision Loss Simulator: Cooking with Cataracts

This simulation can help you understand what it may be like to cook with limited vision.

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Are Glasses Enough for Seniors?

Learn about the 5 most common vision problems older adults may experience and when to see an optician.

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