Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Some Changes Aren't Part of the Aging Process

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Some Changes Aren't Part of the Aging Process

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Dear Doctor K: I'm 84. How do I know if my medical issues are just a consequence of aging or if there is an actual problem?

Dear Reader: I'll discuss some common age-related health changes, as well as changes that suggest there might be a problem.

- Vision. Impaired close-up vision is normal, as is an increase in "floaters." However, it is not normal to lose your side vision. That could be a symptom of glaucoma. A sudden increase in floaters, accompanied by flashes, is also cause for concern.

- Hearing. It may be harder to hear someone speaking, especially with background noise, in later years. This normally happens in most people, but whether it is a problem is up to you to decide. But when it sounds like everyone is mumbling, or you no longer hear the phone or the doorbell ring, that's not normal. …

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