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Hearing Loss Compounds Problems of Dementia

Posted Jan 15 2013 12:00am

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Dear Carol: My mom is 89-years-old, lives in assisted living and has dementia. She also has substantial hearing loss which isn’t helped very much by her hearing aids.  Her dementia prevents her from understanding closed caption TV, so that spoils TV as entertainment for her. Basically, she’s bored and miserable. Her dementia has progressed to where she thinks people are coming into her room to rob or hurt her.  I feel like she should move in with me and my family, but we don’t have enough room as it is, and I work full time. I don’t know what to do to make her happier. – Marie

Dear Marie: Since your mom is in an assisted living facility, she should have many chances to socialize with others, but poor hearing probably makes being in a group uncomfortable for her.

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