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Continued: 5 ailments to beat as baby boomers age

  • Article by: COLLEEN WRIGHT , Orlando Sentinel
  • Last update: July 20, 2013 - 2:38 PM

Research shows that as depth perception begins to deteriorate, one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers is a left turn in traffic, said AARP spokesman Dave Bruns. The advocacy group has created a defensive-driving program that includes strategies for dealing with loss of depth perception.

Along with dulled depth perception, baby boomers might find that they can’t see as well in dim light, which also affects their driving abilities.

Tinnitus

That ringing, buzzing, hissing, sizzling sound in your ears has a name: tinnitus. And it’s fairly common among baby boomers. The condition can last for a week to several years.

Tinnitus is related to high-frequency hearing loss, Baylor said, and is cumulative.

Even when you’re not at the point of hearing loss, one thing you’ll start noticing is a high-pitched ring, experts say. Ringing of the ears makes up for the absence of sound, and once you hear a ring, it’s likely to recur.

There isn’t a tried-and-true solution for tinnitus, but Baylor said that for patients who have hearing loss and wear hearing aids, there’s a 50 to 70 percent chance of recovering.

To prevent the condition, wear earplugs to loud concerts and ear protection at a shooting range, he said.

Menopausal acne

It’s like being a teenager again: Oily skin and red bumps can reappear around the time women enter menopause.

For teenagers, acne develops because of a surge in hormones, Knight said. During menopause, estrogen levels drop and testosterone-like compounds form, causing acne. Menopausal acne might not be as severe as a teenager’s, but it could last as long as one to two years.

“You do see people who spent their whole adult life without acne” only to develop it at the onset of menopause, Knight said. “And it’s frustrating” for them.

Retinoids, more commonly known as Retin-A, help prevent and deal with acne, Knight said. In addition to reducing puffy oil glands, the topical medicine also combats fine lines, wrinkles and skin cancers.

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