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Why are vision and hearing checkups important for people with dementia?

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Seeing and hearing properly are especially important for someone with dementia. Trouble seeing can make it harder to recognize familiar people or things. Vision or hearing problems can also make dementia symptoms like confusion worse as well as make your loved one feel more alone.

Schedule a vision checkup with your loved one’s eye doctor to see if they need a new eyeglass prescription. Also, ask their primary doctor to refer you to a doctor who can do a hearing test to give them a new hearing aid, if needed.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Management & Patient Care,” “Treatments for Behavior.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Non-Drug Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society UK: “Staying Healthy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Counseling & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

MODEM: “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.”

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology : “The Effect of Reminiscence Therapy on Cognition, Depression, and Activities of Daily Living for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “What Are the Components to the MIND Diet?”

UpToDate: “Prevention of Dementia.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Management & Patient Care,” “Treatments for Behavior.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Non-Drug Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society UK: “Staying Healthy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Counseling & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

MODEM: “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.”

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology : “The Effect of Reminiscence Therapy on Cognition, Depression, and Activities of Daily Living for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “What Are the Components to the MIND Diet?”

UpToDate: “Prevention of Dementia.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 15, 2018

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