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Study: Hearing Aids May Help Protect Brain Health

November 17, 2015 in Community News

 

 

AARP – Health Talk
by Katherine Bouton
11/11/2015

For several years, studies have linked hearing loss and dementia, but no major study has addressed the big question: Could using hearing aidsreduce the risk of cognitive decline?

Now an important new French studyfinds that older adults who use hearing aids experience the same rate of cognitive decline as their peers with normal hearing. In other words, while hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline, hearing aids can slow that from happening, researchers say.

The study, published online last month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, followed nearly 3,700 adults age 65 and older for 25 years,

 

Read more  . . . Brain Health

Why Did CDC Disability Report Exclude Hearing Loss?

August 12, 2015 in Community News

 

AARP Blog
by Katherine Bouton
Posted on 08/11/2015

Hearing loss is often referred to as a hidden disability, but one place it shouldn’t be invisible is in a government report on disability.

That’s what happened last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on the prevalence of disability in the United States.

The report found that more than 53 million Americans — about 1 in 5 adults — live with a disability, which the CDC defined as having limited mobility, such as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs, as well as disabilities in thinking and/or memory, independent living, vision and self-care.

Read More  . . .  invisible disability

 

Love Theater But Can’t Hear It? Four Showstopping Solutions

May 22, 2015 in Community News

 

 

AARP Bulletin
by Katherine Bouton
May 20,2015

Do you love the theater but rarely go because you can’t understand the dialogue or lyrics?

Fortunately there are several solutions to this problem beyond the familiar infrared headphones that many theaters offer. And those with hearing loss can even get discount tickets to many shows.

First, about infrared. Theaters that seat more than 50 people are required, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to provide hearing assistance. Most offer infrared systems. If you have mild to moderate hearing loss and can manage without a hearing aid, you use a headset with earbuds provided by the theater. Earbuds are more effective than over-the-ear headphones — though some people are squeamish about using earbuds that others have used.

If you need to wear your hearing aid, you can use over-the-ear headphones. If you need to turn the sound up, however, the noise may seep out and bother your neighbors. Also, as activist Janice Schacter Lintz points out in an article about theater access, they also may not work if you have behind-the-ear hearing aids.

If you have hearing aids with a telecoil, you can use an infrared receiver worn around the neck,  . . .

Read more  .AARP . . Theater

Staying Home: Making Smart Choices for Easy Living–May 16

April 9, 2015 in Community Events

 

 

Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish.

AARP is teaming up with Mt. Vernon at Home, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fairfax County Building for All Committee (BFAC) to bring you this free community workshop; it includes a panel of experts will share practical tips to minimize the financial costs of home modifications, avoid frauds and scams, and learn about local resources available.

Staying Home: Smart Choices of Easy Living

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.

RSVP requested as seating is limited.  Register online or call 1-877-926-8300.

In an AARP survey, eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. If you’re one of them, this workshop is for you! You will get comprehensive advice, tips, and checklists for getting your home in top form for comfort, safety and long-term livability and you’ll hear from experts on how to fund home renovations both large and small.

Light complimentary refreshments will be served.

No products or services will be sold or promoted.

Download our event flyer to share with your friends and neighbors.  All are welcome!

Register online or call 1-877-926-8300

To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, contact Matthew Barkley, Director of Disability Services Planning and Development, Fairfax County, by phone: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186,or e-mail: matthew.barkley@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Hearing Resource Center Launched by AARP

December 11, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

Website Provides Tools and Tips for Living Well with Hearing Impairment

CONTACT:
Mark Bagley, 202-434-2504 or mbagley@aarp.org; @AARPMedia

WASHINGTON, DC — To address the needs of the 70 percent of Americans age 50+ who suffer from some level of hearing loss, AARP has launched the AARP Hearing Resource Center.  The platform, online at www.aarp.org/hearing, connects AARP members and other consumers interested in hearing health with helpful tips, information, tools and links to related product solutions and programs.  A Spanish language version of the site is also available.

“Hearing loss results from many causes, and up to 70 percent of those who have hearing loss do not seek treatment,” said Stephanie Miles, Vice President of Member Value, Products and Platforms at AARP.  “Our research shows that hearing loss can impact the income of a working individual and, in certain cases, affects other aspects of health and can even be tied to depression.  The Hearing Resource Center will provide  information, tools and more.”

The Hearing Resource Center includes:

  • Educational content about hearing-related topics, including common causes of hearing loss,  information on maintaining hearing health, tips and solutions for living with hearing loss and for loved ones of the hearing-impaired;
  • Assessment tools for evaluating hearing loss;
  • Maintenance and care tips for hearing-related equipment, such as hearing aids.
  • Links to hearing-related products and programs, including AARP Driver Safety’s “Honk if You Hear Me” program, the AARP Foundation’s Isolation program, and hearing aid discounts.

The site will be updated on a continuous basis with new data, resources such as informational videos and webinars featuring audiologists and other experts, and topical articles. For example, a current feature, “Hearing Well for the Holidays” discusses how to enjoy the best of holiday time with family and friends.

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About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

 

Program on Maintaining Memory, Coping with Its Loss

February 26, 2013 in Community Events, Community News

Senior Services - Alexandria

Senior Resource Center Presents

A 2013 Speaker Series Event

 MAINTAINING MEMORY ANDCOPING WITH ITS LOSS

 Wednesday, March 13
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2701 Cameron Mills Road Alexandria, VA
(turn right on Monticello, just past the sanctuary, for parking)

Hear local experts talk about techniques to keep your memory sharp, important legal issues, and programs to support families, caregivers and those who struggle with memory loss

AARP
Arden Courts
Care Options
Division of Aging & Adult Services
Life & Estate Planning Law Center

 This event is FREE and open to the public!

Seating is limited!

Please RSVP online at www.seniorservicesalex.org
or by calling (703) 836 4414 ext. 10 


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