The effects of social support on wellbeing of visually impaired older adults

Main topics
- The impact of vision loss at old age
- Social support and loneliness
- Building and maintaining a personal network

Risks for visually impaired older adults:
- 2 x risk of falling
- 3 x risk of depression
- 4 x risk of hip fractures
- Increased chance of admission to old people‚Äôs home
- 2 x risk of dying

30% of older adults with mild visual impairment is willing to trade years of living for a better visual acuity.

This goes for 60% of older adults with severe visual impairment or blindness.

The social support network does not necessarily decrease because of vision loss

It is not clear whether social support decreases as the visual impairment exist longer.

There is a more apparent decrease in social activities.

Social support seems to be an effective buffer for emotional and social adaptation to vision loss.

- Effective social support is related with:
* Less depressive symptoms
* Higher life satisfaction
* Better adaptation to vision loss

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Date: 09/26/2012
Author: Peter Verstraten
Organization: Royal Dutch Visio (Sensis)
Reference: PV, 2010
Only for Members: No
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Tags: social support, visually impaired, wellbeing
Categories: Medical & Functions, Mental, Skills, Psychosocial

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