Absolutely right and I started a thread on that topic a while ago and try to get a walk in every day even if short. I walked about 3+ miles in total, to and from the Audiology department, had a coffee before the test and by the time I got home in lovely sunshine I felt like myself. He was fine although dozing in his chair, not bed this time, waiting for me to come back. The audiologist did not mince his words on the connection between deafness and increasing likelihood of dementia developing. I know several people who have hearing loss but won’t use their hearing aids, often men, one of whom has developed vascular dementia, and the others having difficulties attributed to the deafness itself. I was amazed yesterday that I could turn off the subtitles, turn down the sound and today hear perfectly well a lady visitor with a soft voice. My hearing loss is not severe but I need the help that aids can give. I was told to persevere wearing them all the time so today I have dutifully put them in and can hardly know that I have them. They are light unobtrusive and on the NHS, glory be.I hope it was as lovely weather for your walk as it was here. The simplicity of putting one foot infront of the other, a rhythmic movement done at your own speed. Simple action, but not appreciated in full until you care for someone who struggles to do that.
I had to get my dear husband up to see the old friend he has known for years who came today, visiting from Australia. He behaved as if he knew him perfectly well, and when he had gone said what was his name and that he didn’t recognise him. He was only doing what we all do, pretending to know and smile while not knowing who on earth it is. It may be host mode but we can all do that in certain situations.