Anti aging guide

Aging and the Sense of Touch



Some age-related changes to our sense of touch

Usually most people do not give much attention to their sense of touch, although this is a very important channel for sensing external information.
Like all senses, this sense of touch changes as we age. The speed of transmitting information from the skin to the brain slows down and the touch sensors under the skin become slightly less sensitive. This means that we need to allow ourselves more time when feeling something. We also need to use as much skin surface area as possible (ie, use the whole palm of the hand, or even both hands) in order to increase the number of skin sensors feeling an object.

Question to check the sense of touch:

  1. With your eyes closed can you identify by touch the different keys on your key-ring?

Yes – 0    No – 1

  1. Have you ever been in a job using vibrating equipment?

Yes – 1    No – 0

  1. Do you frequently use your hands to feel for items?

Yes – 0 No – 1

  1. Have you done a lot of manual work in the past?

Yes – 1 No – 0

  1. Is the skin on your hands thin or thick?

Thin – 0 Thick – 1

  1. Take two similar pieces of paper and fold one of these in four. Can you feel the difference in thickness?

Yes – 0    No – 1

  1. Can you identify five different denomination coins by touch alone?

Yes – 0    No – 1

0-1: Your sense of touch is likely to be healthy. Try to maintain it that way.
2 or more: You may experience difficulties in using your sense of touch. Make a special effort to perform touch exercises.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm