Persons Aging with Hearing and Vision Loss 

It is well documented that decrements in sensory function increase sharply with age. Across an array of studies, age has been implicated as a major predictor of declines to both visual and auditory sensory function. 

As the large cohort of baby¬≠boomers in the United States begins to enter senescence, and demographic trends shift toward a population that is older and living longer, the incidence of primary sensory impairment in the United States is projected to increase at an unprecedented rate. This may well be true in other countries as well. Furthermore, as a result of the overall trend toward greater longevity, the number of previously disabled persons who develop age¬≠related secondary sensory impairments is also expected to increase. In years to come, research relating to the rehabilitation and technology needs of persons who experience dual impairments due to factors related to age will be increasingly relevant. 

Date: 01/01/2003
Author: B.J. Le Jeune, Bernard Steinman, and John Mascia
Organization: Canadian Deafblind Association (National)
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: adults, blindness, deaf people, demography, low vision, senior generation, sensory disabilities, visually impaired