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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Recognizing signs of Hearing Loss

Recognizing Signs of Hearing Loss Did you know that 50% of people over 65 years of age have some degree of hearing loss? By 2030 25% of the Canadian population will be over 65 years old, many of whom will be affected by hearing loss. Hearing loss is an invisible disability which is often not detected or dealt with right away because it is a gradual process. Here are some signs to help you recognize a hearing loss: - Struggling to hear on the telephone - Difficulty following a conversation in a group - Turning up the volume on the TV - Struggling to hear in a noisy background - Frequently asking others to repeat themselves - Assuming people are mumbling all the time - Responding to something incorrectly - Difficulty hearing women’s & children's voices - Family and friends find communicating frustrating Why do some people deny they have hearing loss? Hearing loss is a very gradual process so it’s common for people not to recognize hearing loss immediately. In 1969, Elizabeth Ross Kubler wrote a book titled ‘On Death and Dying the 5 Stages of Grieving’. The hypothesis relates to what a person experiences when faced with impending death or other extreme fates. Over the years it has become known that these responses can be linked to any type of personal loss including hearing loss. Here are the 5 stages related to hearing loss: 1. Denial (my hearing is fine) 2. Anger (it’s everybody else's fault, everyone mumbles) 3. Bargaining (I’ll go if it gets worse) 4. Depression (I’m 96 years old, why bother?) 5. Acceptance (now we can do something!) Untreated Hearing Loss On average people wait 7 years before addressing their hearing loss. Unfortunately some people wait longer and there are consequences to that. For a person that is still employed in the work force it can affect communication with their customers or colleagues especially if the person is trying to hide their hearing loss. Some colleagues might think that the person suffering from hearing loss is not listening which will negatively affect their perception of their colleague. The employee may even become known as lazy or uninterested in their work resulting in them missing out on rewards or promotion. For a retired person leaving a hearing loss untreated, will affect their quality of life but also affect their ability to process information. The brain starts to get lazy and recent studies show that if a person is at risk for Alzheimer's or Dementia; symptoms may appear sooner. How to deal with hearing loss Dragging someone into a hearing clinic when they haven’t accepted the fact that they have hearing loss can result in purchasing hearing aids that sit in the bedside drawer! If the person doesn’t believe or accept that they have hearing loss the chances are they won’t wear their hearing aids. Be patient and keep the discussion open and stress free. When you're ready to do something, book a hearing test at one of your local clinics. I recommend asking friends or family for recommendations on which clinic to go to. Ask someone to go with you and don’t feel that you have to purchase hearing aids at that same appointment. Do not go across town as you will soon regret the travel when you need to service your hearing aids or have an updated hearing test. For more information you can contact The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

North Shore Caregiver Events

Men’s Drum Circle Inviting all men who provide emotional or practical support to a spouse, parent, relative or friend. Join facilitator Dean Rath to explore your story, discover rhythms together, find your sources of courage, and gain renewed perspective. Dean is a musician and former school teacher. He enjoys working with groups of men and encouraging them to find places of healing, awareness, and freedom in their lives.Tuesday November 6, 2012, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. Please pass along this information to any gentleman in your lives that are caregiving in some way! Finding Your Rhythm: an Exploration For Women Inviting all women who provide emotional or practical support to a spouse, parent or friend. Through singing, listening, drumming and dancing we will explore self- discovery, creative expression, and awareness of what makes you feel most alive. Facilitated by Brian Hoover and Shasta Martinuk. Brian is a lifelong musician and violinmaker with a gift for leading groups deeply into self-awareness and inner silence. Shasta practices sound healing and guides others to connect with the joy and power of rhythmic music. Tuesday November 20, 2012, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, main floor Garden Room. Network Group on Wed. Nov 14th from 10.30 -12.30 am: Connecting with your life joys Everyone is welcome to join us for a wonderful guest speaker, Joyana Anderson. Joyana is passionate about encouraging people to discover what their personal sparks are: What makes you feel joyful? How can you pursue your goals and dreams? Please come for your first meeting, or re-connect after some time. Karyn Davies, RSW Coordinator, Caregiver Support Program Suite #201, 935 Marine Dr. North Vancouver, BC. V7P 1S3 Ph (604) 982-3320

Friday, October 5, 2012

Keep Well Society - New Board Member!

Welcome to our new Board Member Tracy Sacré is a Registered Nurse, passionate entrepreneur and visionary in senior health and care. As a former Intensive Care Unit nurse and mother of two, Tracy has an intimate knowledge and understanding of how to care for those who, through the course of time or events are unable to care for themselves. As an Instructor of Nursing at Vancouver Com- munity College, she has an extensive knowledge about the latest research and advancements in nursing. Tracy's RN background as well as her time working in Neurology and Stroke Research gives her valuable insight in to what might be happening to our loved ones. Tracy has recently started an exceptional senior home health care company called Proof of Care. Proof of Care exists to support and restore dignity, to advocate, but foremost to preserve the sparkle in aged eyes. Keep Wells purpose aligns with both Tracy's personal and professional goals, values and mission in senior health. Tracy's legacy is to change the way we care for our seniors, to add value to those who gave us values. Her warm, welcoming, approachable personality puts anyone who meets her instantly at ease... not to mention the way her laugh fills a room. Tracy was born and raised in North Vancouver, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Keep Well Society and is looking forward to the wonderful year ahead.