While no one likes the idea of getting old, this part of life is something which you simply can’t avoid. Lots of things in your life will change as you go through life, with your body losing much of its former luster, and many other areas being impacted by the amount of time you spend alive. Of course, though, one of the most challenging things for those in old age is often communication. Having conversations can get harder and harder, and there are a lot of different reasons for this. To give you a better understanding of the communication issues which elderly people often face, this article will be exploring some of them, along with some potential solutions.
Talking feels very natural to most people, and this makes sense; you’re genetically coded to be able to talk. As you get older, though, there are quite a few issues which can impact your speech. Physically conditions like cancer can often leave people unable to speak like they used to, while conditions like strokes can also make it hard for people to control their speech. In most of these cases, the best way to work towards regaining your speech will be through exercises. You can work with a therapist to handle this, though you can also think of ways to test your speech for yourself.
Conversations will always be quite one-sided when one of the participants has hearing issues. Hearing loss comes in many different forms, and can be the result of a huge range of different conditions. Seeing a hearing doctor can help with this, giving you the chance to have your ears checked and have basic operations, like wax removal, performed to give you instant results. Of course, though, not all hearing loss is down to an issue which a doctor can solve for you.
Many types of hearing loss simply aren’t recoverable. You can work to ensure that you don’t make your ears worse, but they also won’t heal themselves or get better over time, and this means that you have to find other ways to get your hearing back. Bluetooth hearing aids are the perfect tool for this, enabling you to connect your modern devices to the tool which helps you to keep your hearing sharp. Hearing aids like this are far more advanced than those used in the past, and it’s worth giving one a try if you haven’t had the chance to test a modern one.
Memory & Mind
Humans are living for far longer than they would in the wild, and this has come with some unfortunate consequences. Memory issues are extremely common amongst the elderly, with conditions like dementia having a dramatic impact on people’s lives. Being unable to form new memories effectively makes it extremely hard to hold a proper conversation. Unfortunately, though, resolving issues like this is just about impossible, and the best course of action will always be to prevent future memory loss when someone is younger.
This can be achieved through brain training games, continued learning, and even simply reading a book or two each month. Of course, though, those who are already suffering with a condition like this will have to find ways to get over it. If you’re talking to someone who is living with memory loss, providing visual reminders can be very helpful. This means that you can keep conversations going by using a centerpiece for the person to focus on. Newspaper clippings, letters, and a range of other items can be perfect for this.
Technology provides countless resources for those who want to talk to one another, and this has changed the way that the world works in recent years. Many elderly people struggle with modern technology, though, leaving them out of the loop when their families start to use emails and instant messenger services to talk to one another. This shouldn’t be too hard to solve, and you can simply switch to more traditional forms of communication when it comes to the elderly people in your family. There are few things sadder than people going lonely because they simply don’t know how to use tools like a smartphone.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to deal with the hearing issues which can come with old age. Whether you’re dealing with these issues for yourself or are helping someone you love, it always makes sense to work hard on communication. Many of the memories you build in later life are based around talking, and it’s a shame when people lose this part of their lives.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.