Decline in Senses Affects Nearly All Seniors, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Nearly all older U.S. adults have an age-related decline in at least one of their senses, a new study finds.

Researchers checked more than 3,000 people between the ages of 57 and 85. The investigators found that 94 percent had a problem with at least one of their five senses: taste, smell, hearing, sight or touch.

Almost 40 percent had problems with two senses, and 28 percent had problems with three or more of their senses, the study found.

“We know that sensory impairment is common and is often a harbinger of serious health problems, such as cognitive [mental] decline or falls, as well as more subtle ones like burns, caused by loss of touch sensitivity, food poisoning that goes undetected because of loss of smell and taste, and smoke inhalation, from loss of smell,” said study author Dr. Jayant Pinto.


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