Staying Social as We Age with Grace

I have noticed that I don’t get out as much, or visit with family, friends, and meet new people as often as I used to.

Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported, “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.”

Hearing is a challenge for many.  Some believe it is just easier to stay home, or they tell themselves it is not worth the effort, or the cost for hearing technology is too much. Truth is, the effort and the cost is much greater if you do NOT taking action.

Since being socially active is so important, what can we do? Consider these simple suggestions:

  • Plan a party or gathering at your house.
  • Pick up the phone.
  • I am told there are over 600 volunteer-based groups in our community.
  • Write a letter. Remember how good it feels to receive a letter?
  • Take a workshop and reignite your passions in life.
  • Be proactive. Get regular hearing evaluations.

Open and honest communication is the best place to start. Hearing decline should not be ignored, denied, or ashamed of.  Millions of Americans deal with hearing loss.  It no longer has the stigma of “getting old.”

How might this be impacting others?

As you might miss socializing with your friends and family, they too miss being with you.  The years seem to be going by faster.  The opportunities seem fewer to build memories.  Don’t miss another moment.

A hearing loss often is a burden on loved ones.  If a loved one continue to be their “ears,” repeating what others say, explaining what is happening on TV . . . are they helping or enabling?

You’ve heard the song.  We had a patient come in the other day and said, “my wife is going to leave me if I don’t get some hearing aids . . . I’m sure going to miss that gal.”

If someone is dependent on another, the other person then becomes burdened to take on the extra responsibilities of understanding and remembering serious matters such as instructions from Physicians and Pharmacists. Or the simple things, like ordering in a restaurant.

  • The first step is to overcome denial. Talk about it. Tell them the impact their hearing loss is having on you and listen to what their feelings are also.
  • Stop enabling them by being their “ears.”
  • Be supportive and attend a hearing evaluation with them. Get your own hearing evaluation at the same time. They are free at A2Z Hearing.

A2Z Hearing Health (formerly Zounds) is still owned and operated by Dusty and Dee Spitler.  They are still located in Prescott Frontier Village.  They offer the newest of technology, at the best prices around.  Stop by and visit the clinic before you make an appointment. Get trusted referrals.

Get busy living. Don’t let others miss out on your talents, passions, experience, love and friendship.