Considering both vision and hearing, imagine loss of one or both and how you would feel? Added to this scenario is an elderly person, not in control of their own lives in many aspects. Often they have been moved into facilities, such as nursing homes against their will and they are confused about their new surroundings. Now go back and consider adding this to the isolation felt because they have lost one or more of their senses.
- Summarize the above in a few sentences of a situation you have experienced with an elderly patient, or, just talk about how you believe these people cope with their losses.
- What response might you expect from them, either in the area of behavior or psychology?
- Is this what you found with the elderly you have known during work or in your family?