The aim of this study was to estimate the expected years lived with hearing impairment, vision impairment, and dual sensory impairment among older adults.

The aging of the Cana­dian population presents medical and ethical challenges for clinicians. Increasingly, there is a need to ad­dress the issue of vulnerable older adults who live at risk in the community. Many have significant cognitive, psychiatric, and physical problems yet do not seek assistance. Assessment and intervention in these cases requires an interdisciplinary approach. An understanding of risk factors, the clinical evaluation process, competency issues, and basic management strategies is integral to good care.

Dr. Erica Weir, a Physician with the Department of Medicine at Queen's University gave a presentation on Vision Loss in Older People to health care professionals and medical residents on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 7:30 to 8:45am at the Providence Manor site of Providence Care in Kingston Ontario.  A pdf copy of the presentation and the promotional flyer for the event are posted below.

This February's spotlight topic is sensory changes. In this issue, you will find resources related to hearing loss, vision loss, smell, taste, touch impairments and dual sensory impairments. We have recently added a number of new resources about sensory impairments to sagelink.ca.

This blog post is written by a guest blogger, Tracey Veldhuis, Manager of Community Services with the DeafBlind Ontario Services. She outlines some signs of the early stages of dual sensory impairments, the limited data available on this population, and suggestions for improving communication and access for these individuals.

Presentation slides by Dr. Walter Wittich at the University of Manitoba on dual sensory impairment in older adults. Topics include:

  • Demographics and epidemiology
  • Assistive devices
  • Stigma and the media

 

This webpage provides general resources on combined vision and hearing loss in adults and seniors.

At DeafBlind Ontario Services, we believe with a helping hand and supportive touch, individuals who are deafblind can increase their independence on their own terms. Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services provides Intervenor, residential and other specialized services to individuals who are deafblind. With residential locations and community services programs across the province, our services extend into a wide range of communities in Ontario.
DeafBlind Ontario Services is a proud member of Deafblind International and the Deafblind Coalition of Ontario.

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