More than 40 million American adults up to age 69 have trouble hearing according to the National Institutes of Health NIH. Yet fewer than 30 percent have used a hearing device by age 70. Studies now show hearing loss as a risk factor for developing dementia, and it is found to contribute to feelings of isolation and depression.
Cedar Village, a retirement community in Mason, is noticing specific iPod playlists are triggering memories in some of its residents with dementia. Cedar Village will hold a free public screening of "Alive Inside," a film that shows evidence of the same thing, on October 25 at 7:30 p.m..