Study finds older adults with vision and hearing impairments have lower life expectancy

Both the quantity and quality of life is affected by sensory loss, researchers have highlighted

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Both life expectancy and quality of life are affected in older adults living with vision and hearing loss, researchers have highlighted.

A study by Singapore researchers, which was published in Journal of the American Geriatric Society, found that those without visual or hearing impairments lived for longer without limitation on their daily activities as well as having a greater life expectancy.  

For example, a visually and hearing impaired 60-year-old had a life expectancy that was on average 4.2 years shorter than a 60-year-old without either impairment.

Within this age group, an individual with both senses impaired could also expect to spend three more years of their life with limitations on physical function than someone without a visual or hearing impairment.

The authors conclude: “Timely and appropriate management of vision and hearing impairment, especially when coexisting, among older adults has the potential to reduce the years of life they live with limitation in physical function and in activities of daily living.”

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