85 per cent of older adults are living with sensory loss in Canada, according to Home Instead Senior Care.
Imagine what it would be like to no longer see well enough to drive a car or hear what your loved one was saying from across the room. Consider how you would feel if you lost the ability to taste your favourite meal or smell fresh baked cookies during the holidays.
What you’re imagining is the reality for a majority of older adults. Even harsher is the realization that most communities are not designed to accommodate those living with these challenges, which can often lead to social isolation, depression and declining physical health among seniors in the community.
Having the support and empathy of the local community can significantly increase a senior’s ability to continue living a normal, fulfilling life.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out this online simulation or review instructions on how to create an interactive kit that simulates sensory loss to experience these effects firsthand.