ElderCarelink Blog

Dealing with hearing, vision & memory loss

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 15th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Do you find yourself repeating messages? Is mom providing answers to questions that don’t fit the question or situation? Is dad taking longer to read the paper? Have you found yourself considering these interactions and situations as normal? Recognizing the decreasing abilities of elders–whether memory, vision or hearing–during my initial assessments, I often find that families or caregivers have absolutely no idea that dad wasn’t understanding what he read or mom was missing much of the conversation during family conversations.

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When Hearing or Vision is a Problem

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 21st, 2010 at 1:11 am

Hopefully, when older adults have a hearing, vision, memory problem, speech difficulty or some confusion, there is someone who can be an advocate for them. If they have trouble hearing or processing what is said or cannot see well enough to read printed information, any appointment can be a challenge and there are specific strategies which can be helpful. Read more »

When Hearing or Vision is a Problem

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 21st, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Hopefully, when older adults have a hearing, vision, memory problem, speech difficulty or some confusion, there is someone who can be an advocate for them. If they have trouble hearing or processing what is said or cannot see well enough to read printed information, any appointment can be a challenge and there are specific strategies which can be helpful.

Hearing Issues

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Helping Older Adults Who Could Benefit from Technology

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 5th, 2010 at 1:11 am

Every time I need to get a new computer, cell phone or some other piece of equipment, I try to see it as a positive challenge. I hope that my brain cells are rejoicing by being engaged in a challenging new learning experience, one of the keys to successful aging. Read more »

Is it the Right Time to Consider a Hearing Aid?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 2nd, 2010 at 1:11 am

Last weekend I attended a play at an outdoor theater on a perfect summer afternoon. Every once in a awhile the words were not the easiest to understand. The pace was fast, it was a musical, and the performers were young and spoke quickly. Read more »