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Jane Bates: Sound and vision can help with dementia

The sensory losses that can come with age have a big impact on mental health
Older woman with a hearing aid

The sensory losses that can come with age have a big impact on mental health

‘It was awful,’ said a friend, who had just had her cataracts removed. ‘I was frightened to leave the house. I even stopped walking because I couldn’t judge where my feet were going.’

Now she can see again post-op she has her bounce back, which I have seen with patients before. The psychological boost they receive from improved clarity of vision is substantial, even if they have ocular co-morbidities. Cataracts make vision dull as well as blurry and removal quite literally lets there be light.

Impact on mental health

Two recent studies, carried out by researchers at the University of Manchester, suggest that visual improvement and the correction of hearing loss have a significant impact on older folk’s mental health.

So much so

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