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- FEELING GOOD: TOUCH AND SENSITIVITY
- STEPS TO STIMULATING SENSATION
STEPS TO STIMULATING SENSATION
Lowered touch sensation can mean you
miss out on sensual pleasures, physical
communication and intimacy. Touch can
release endorphins, the body’s pleasure
chemicals, and is good for your overall
wellbeing. It lowers anxiety, improves mood,
relieves pain, boosts healing and even calms
erratic heartbeats. Using your senses helps
to maintain them – here are some enjoyable
ways to keep on touching.
Here are four handy ways to compensate for reduced sensations
A NEW RISK OF FALLING
You are more likely to fall as you get older. This is partly because of changes to your sense of balance, touch and sight, and partly because your muscles get weaker. Each year, around one in three people over 65 has a fall, 5 to 10 per cent of which result in injury. And falls become increasingly dangerous as you get older, because your bones become more brittle and more likely to break.
There are many reasons why this happens. Your sense of balance may be disturbed and your ability to sense where the parts of your body are in space diminishes, reducing your coordination and ability to tell where your feet are on the floor, or to move around with agility or confidence. Loss of touch and pressure sensation, especially in your feet, can add to the problem. As well as diminished balance and sense of position, various inner ear disorders such as Meniere’s disease can cause vertigo, dizziness or giddiness, as can stroke, low blood sugar and heart rhythm disorders. Arthritis and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease can also make it considerably harder to stand steadily or walk. And so too can side effects of medications for conditions such as cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure. Drugs that increase drowsiness – including sleeping tablets and alcohol – can increase the hazards.
But there’s plenty you can do to cut the risk, such as safety proofing your home to avoid tripping hazards. But the number-one solution is exercise – exercise programmes to improve strength and balance reduce falls in older people by up to 55 per cent according to Age.
You can compensate for reduced strength or lowered sensation by: