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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Creating meaningful visits for sports enthusiasts

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 11th, 2011 at 8:57 am

One of my clients used to be quite the golfer in his youth, but lost his endurance as he struggled with mobility issues. Soon, 18 holes was cut to 9 and–finally–he would ride along in a cart and not play. Eventually he would just play miniature golf with his grandchildren when they visited. Today the grandchildren are grown but they recall those good times and love sharing stories about their golfing accomplishments. His grandson made sure he took pictures of the golf tournaments he played during college and sent them on a regular basis. They never tired of discussing the game and the grandfather really appreciated this expression of thoughtfulness and was not hesitant to offer some tips every now and then.

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What Is Your Name?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 18th, 2010 at 2:12 am

With normal aging, we are more likely to have difficulty thinking of the names of items. Along with that, we are frustrated when we see someone we know very well, and the name just disappears. Many of us feel this happens with increased frequency as we age.

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