People with sight loss in later life: RNIB evidence-based review

Royal National Institute of Blind People
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This review looks in detail at blind and partially sighted people in later life in the UK and includes quotes from people with sight loss, case studies and personal stories. Sight loss is closely linked to ageing, and as the number of older people is set to rise dramatically, so will the number of blind and partially sighted people. People in later life face unique challenges as, in addition to sight loss, they are also more likely to have additional health problems such as loss of hearing, reduced physical mobility or dementia. The review provides a profile of older people and identifies the major causes of sight loss in later life. It also examines examples of services and support that is available, including support to help people live independently and outlines the current policy context. The review draws from the evidence some key lessons, focusing on: involving older people with sight loss; preventing unnecessary sight loss; improving access to health and care services; and reducing isolation. (Edited publisher abstract)

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older people, visual impairment, disabilities, dementia, complex needs, social isolation, prevention, user participation, access to services;
Content type:
research review
United Kingdom
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