Seeing and Hearing Protects Cognitive Health

Staying socially active is good for the brain. And being able to see and hear makes it easier to be socially active. So, is being able to see and hear good for the brain? In a word: Yes.

Remarkable new research shows that hearing aids and cataract surgery, which improve hearing and vision, actually protect brain function.

One study, a long-term study of hearing aid use and cognitive function, was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It followed 2000 people ages 50 and up, over the course of 18 years.

Researchers found that the rate of cognitive decline slowed by an astonishing 75% after a participant started wearing hearing aids. Researchers believe that by reversing loss of hearing with the use of hearing aids, participants were less socially isolated. This study adds to the growing evidence that both hearing loss and social isolation are linked to declines in cognition, and shows that intervening in one can lead to an improvement in the other.

The same researchers conducted a companion study, published in PLOS One, a scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. In this study, 2000 seniors in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging underwent cognitive assessment after cataract surgery.

In this case, the rate of cognitive decline also decreased— by an impressive 50%. Again, the improved vision following surgery allowed these seniors to participate more actively in social activities, offering them cognitive benefits.

Beacon of LIFE, in Oceanport, NJ, is a government-approved PACE program that allows frail seniors — those who are certified as meeting the need for nursing home level of care— the ability to live healthy lives in their own homes.

But we’re much more than just an alternative to nursing home care. We’re a comprehensive healthcare solution, eligible for Medicare and Medicaid coverage, that includes services that other plans don’t. For example, prescription glasses and hearing aids, in addition to vision and hearing exams.

Our services aren’t even limited to the medical. We have a broad range of activities at our center, and even serve delicious, nutritious meals daily. Because we know that there’s more to keeping an older person healthy and happy than just seeing a doctor.

Beacon of LIFE maintains an interdisciplinary team of professionals who give each client the coordinated care they need. Our staff specialize in working with older people, and work with each client and their family to develop the most effective plan of care.

We provide a variety of services, including primary care, hospital care, medical specialty services, prescription drugs, nursing home care, emergency services, home care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, adult day care, recreational therapy, meals, dentistry, nutritional counseling, social services, laboratory / X-ray services, social work counseling, and transportation.

Our care and services allow people who would otherwise need to live in a nursing home to live where they want — in their own communities, in their own homes.

 

 

 

 

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