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Straight Health Talk for Seniors
FIGHT BACK! BY DAVID HOROWITZ
Straight Health Talk for Seniors
No matter how much we carefully watch our diets, exer- cise and
generally care for our health, aging takes its inevitable toll on our
bodies. How well we deal with these changes often depends on our
attitude toward aging and the limitations it imposes on us. Good,
reliable information is the key to maintaining a positive approach to
Failing eyesight may be emotionally devastating to people who
have always enjoyed good vision. Conditions like macular degeneration
can cause a sudden and rapid loss of visual acuity. People faced with
that loss often take it as a sign that their useful lives are over.
They often become angry and reclusive, they don't socialize with their
peers, they neglect their health, and they may sink into a profound
It doesn't have to be that way. The Prevention of Blindness
Society has prepared an excellent handbook for people who are losing
their sight. It's called "Learning To Live With Impaired Sight," and
it spells out the facts in clear, no-nonsense terms. It describes the
conditions that cause vision loss, how those changes are likely to
affect people's lives and how to compensate for them. Printed in
large, bold type, the book also includes a comprehensive list of
services and resources available to help the visually impaired. If you
would like a copy of "Learning To Live With Impaired Sight," call the
Prevention of Blindness Society in Washington, D.C. The number is
(202) 234-1010. There is a $5 charge for postage and handling.
People often have similar reactions to hearing loss. The fact
is, 28 million Americans suffer from some degree of deafness. The
answer is usually as simple as getting a good hearing aid. But, as
with failing vision, hearing loss comes with a lot of unnecessary
emotional baggage, including fear, anger and denial. Again,
information is the key. Here are three helpful booklets and brochures
on dealing with hearing loss:
"The 5-Minute Hearing Test" contains a quick self- assessment
in which you answer 15 questions and score your own hearing abilities.
It's available free for a stamped, self-addressed, business-sized
envelope to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, 1 Prince Street,
Alexandria, Va, 22314.
booklet that answers questions about hearing loss and lists various
services, organizations and resources available to hearing-impaired
individuals. Send a postcard request to AARP Fulfillment (EE0569),
P.O. Box 22796, Long Beach, Calif., 90801-5796. Include the title of
the booklet and its number (D142925).
"Resources for Hearing-Impaired Adults" is published by Self
Help for Hard of Hearing People Inc. It contains useful information on
hearing technology, support groups and medical references. Send a
stamped, self-addressed, business-sized envelope to SHHH, 7910
Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, Md., 20814.
Finally, there are few health issues more stressful and less
understood than impotence. It affects not only the man but, obviously,
his spouse or partner as well. "Male Impotence: A Woman's Perspective"
was written to help women understand impotence, its effects and its
treatment. You can obtain a free copy by calling the Osbon Foundation
toll-free at (800) 433-4215 or by writing to the foundation at P.O.
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