Sunday, January 15, 2006


Some older individuals experience a decrease in tactile sensitivity, primarily in areas of hairless skin such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The ability to sense vibrations also declines, primarily in the lower extremities.
While it appears that the elderly are less sensitive to pain, it may be that they are less willing to report actual pain and that pain thresholds remain essentially unchanged throughout life.
Older individuals may misjudge the firmness of their grasp. Thus, heavier plates, glasses, and utensils will be easiest to handle.
Older people also may have difficulty turning pages easily. Glancing at page numbers while reading helps to prevent missing pages.
Steinberg, F. U. Care of the Geriatric Patient, 6th ed. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1983.


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