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Understanding the Lives of Older People with Vision Impairment

Event Type: One Day Event
Location: Thomas Pocklington Trust, Entrance D, Tavistock House South,Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG
Dates: 09 May 2017
Contact Email: Sheila.Peace@open.ac.uk
Contact Phone: 07837 960275

On Tuesday May 9th a BSG small event 'Understanding the Lives of Older People with Vision Impairment' will be taking place at the new offices of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, Entrance D, Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LG 10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Sight loss affects people of all ages but with increased age this is more likely: from midlife onwards many begin to develop age-related long sight (presbyopia) and wearing reading glasses becomes common. However, this event focuses on the everyday experiences of those who live with more complex vision impairment (VI) alongside other health and welfare issues that can be disabling in later life. How are people ageing with VI able to maintain a way of life that they judge as living well? How enabling is the environment in which people live? Do people with VI have access to the resources and information they need? What activities of daily living do people undertake and what are their coping strategies? What are the relationships that support their well-being? How do people maintain their identity?

The in-depth qualitative research discussed at this event involves people of all older ages and cultures particularly black and minority ethnic groups to gain insight into lives within the home and the wider community (programme attached). If you would like to attend pleased contact Sheila Peace Sheila.Peace@open.ac.uk