Unseen: neglect, isolation and household poverty amongst older people with sight loss

Royal National Institute for the Blind
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Services for people in Britain who have lost their sight are not sufficient and do not reach most of the people in need of help. The findings of this survey support the stark conclusion that awareness of these services amongst those who would benefit most from them is surprisingly poor. Many people are surviving hand to mouth outside of a system that is supposedly designed to support them. This report, based on a major survey of 588 blind and partially sighted adults in England, Scotland and Wales highlights the alarmingly sparse nature of support for a growing older population encountering sight problems in later years.

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older people, poverty, social exclusion, social care provision, visual impairment, age discrimination, ageing, health needs;
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