The intention of the Guide is to present some good practice examples of civil dialogue on ageing issues including those that promote social inclusion in old age. The Guide also makes some proposals on how best to implement and participate in the civil dialogue process across all national
policy-making levels: from governmental level down through to regional and local level strategies and initiatives which aim to improve the daily lives of older people.
A validation of the article “Sjekkliste for kartlegging av kombinerte alvorlige sansetap blant eldre” (Kolbein Lyng, Else Marie Svingen).
This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Severe Dual Sensory Loss screening tool, a tool designed to help nurses and care assistants to identify hearing, visual and dual sensory impairment in older adults.
Date: 22 Sep 2014 Author: Kolbein Lyng, Else Marie Svingen
The checklist is developed for use in nursing and care services where the staff knows the users from everyday life. The questions in the checklist refer to typical behavioral characteristics for severe visual- and hearing impairment and one question about possession of technical aids for vision and/or hearing.
International medical symposium in Marseille in France in May 2014, with a presentation of a network about deaph and blind people.
This network was created by:
Individuals,Professionals and users representatives, all staff members
People interested in the subject of deafblindness
A common concern:
What, how and where can I help?
In France, millions of caregivers regularly help with non-professional help at least one person in their lives living at home: take to the doctor, housework, help for eating, financial or material support
Plusieurs millions d’aidants aident régulièrement et à titre non professionnel au moins une personne de leur entourage vivant à domicile. Une journée nationale leur est consacrée.
Le Li1 est une invention qui révolutionne la vie des seniors et de leur entourage.
Avec ses capteurs invisibles et son système de cartes polyvalentes, la sécurité de la personne âgée est assurée et sa vie facilitée. D'une simplicité enfantine, le Li1 veille sur la santé et la sécurité de son utilisateur, mais il lui permet aussi de téléphoner, recevoir des messages, écouter la radio, surfer sur le net, recevoir des informations ciblées et gérer son agenda!
This web page from the European Blind Union gives a list of important dates for EBU and all the people who have visual impairments such as the anniversary of its foundation (27 August 1984) or the World Sight Day (12 October)
The objective of the project Intelligible City For All is the enhancement of the sense of security and self confidence of presbycusis people, whose hearing degradation increases with age.
This project targets the design of embedded solutions in mass products of the larger public at reasonable cost for both populations: with pseudo-normal and presbyacoustic hearing.
ProDeafToolkit is an innovation European project in continuing professional development. To help the public and businesses to meet the requirements of anti-discrimination laws our consortium seeks solutions to put in place the teaching and knowledge needed to adress the needs of deaf and hearing impaired people in society.
Le Centre Local d 'Information et de Coordination a vocation à être un lieu ressource pour les personnes âgées et leur entourage ; un lieu d’accueil, d’information et d’orientation qui conseille et délivre des renseignements complets sur les différents services existants pour les retraités, les personnes âgées et leur entourage, et pour les professionnels de la gérontologie et du maintien à domicile.
Le Sacom, Service d’Accessibilité à la COMmunication, s’adresse plus particulièrement aux personnes sourdes, devenues sourdes ou malentendantes, pour une interprétation du français vers la LSF et inversement, une aide à la communication pour d’autres situations ou une réponse adaptée aux moyens de communication utilisés, une prise de notes manuscrites, ou une saisie informatique projetée sur écran (TAO).
Le CICAT est un espace d’information, de conseil, de démonstration et de prêt, dédié aux aides techniques spécifiques à la déficience sensorielle (visuelle et/ou auditive).
C'est une plate-forme d’aides techniques, situé a Angers, qui apporte des informations et des conseils sur les outils spécifiques à la déficience sensorielle relevant de différents domaines de la vie.
L’ Equipe d’Appui en Adaptation Réadaptation (EARR) de l’Agglomération Angevine intervient pour favoriser le maintien à domicile des personnes âgées, personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques et personnes en situation de handicap vieillissantes en risque de perte d’autonomie dont la fragilité a été repérée par un professionnel de premier recours.
Géré par la Mutualité Française Anjou-Mayenne, le CERTA est un établissement sanitaire de Soins de Suite et de Réadaptation fonctionnelle, établissement de santé privé d’intérêt collectif (ESPIC). offre une réponse aux personnes adultes déficientes auditives, dans l’accompagnement à l’appareillage (prothèses auditives, implant cochléaire) ainsi qu’aux personnes souffrant d’acouphènes invalidants.
Géré par la Mutualité Française Anjou Mayenne, le CRBV, établissement de Soins de Suite et de Réadaptation, établissement de santé privé d’intérêt collectif (ESPIC), propose à près de 400 personnes déficientes visuelles par an, un bilan personnalisé des capacités fonctionnelles visuelles et un parcours de rééducation, réadaptation et un accompagnement personnalisé.
Réalisé par le Centich, espace d’accueil, d’information et de conseils en aides techniques parcours de sensibilisation et de prévention banc d’essai des technologies pour l’autonomie dans le logement, lieu d’échanges et de formation pour les professionnels. Un exemple d'innovation pour aider à compenser la perte d'autonomie dans tous les actes de la vie quotidienne.
A web site that aims to be an information base and a learning resource about how it is to live with impaired vision and / or hearing. It shows examples of measures that can be implemented and how the environment can relate to visual and hearing impairments to improve conditions both physically and socially.
The web site is aimed at staff working in elderly care, but it can also be used by people who have vision and / or hearing impairment.
Date: 19 Jun 2014 Author: Harold van der Voort et André Janse
Guide "Pas cela...ceci" qui rassemble des conseils utiles dans différentes situations de la vie courante.
Il apporte quelques réponses pratiques qui se posent à celles et ceux qui perdent la vue: C'est un outil d'échange entre les personnes concernées et leur entourage familial, amical et professionnel
Il a été conçu par un collectif de professionnels, de représentants associatifs et de personnes malvoyantes et édité par l’AVH.
Un regard pour deux – Conseils à l’usage de ceux qui voient, un court-métrage de 18 minutes en six séquences .voulu et réalisé par l’Association Valentin Haüy.
Films disponibles en téléchargement ou sur YouTube à partir du site le l’AVH.
Plus de 120 Comités Régionaux et Locaux de l'Association Valentin Haüy (AVH) sont au service des aveugles et des malvoyants sur toute la France. Ils interviennent sur place auprès des personnes déficientes visuelles, qui y trouvent un accueil personnalisé et un ensemble de services, et auprès des instances locales en charge des questions relatives au handicap.
Le MuCEM, Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, inauguré en 2013 à l'entrée du port de Marseille, accessible pour tous avec des animations adaptées.. Un cube futuriste et un fort séculaire qui offrent un écrin majestueux flottant au-dessus de la Méditerranée.
5 établissements patrimoniaux qui se sont engagés dans une démarche d'excellence en matière d'accessibilité ont été récompensés.
50 000 euros pour les établissements de notre patrimoine historique qui s'engagent en faveur de l'accessibilité. Cinq lauréats ont été récompensés par la ministre de la culture le 27 mai 2014 lors d'une cérémonie organisée au Louvre.
L'accessibilité est l'une des priorités que l'Association Valentin Haüy (AVH) s'est fixée depuis de nombreuses années. À ce titre, elle met en œuvre une réflexion approfondie pour anticiper le report des échéances d'application de la loi de 2005
Les lunettes simulant un handicap visuel grave se présentent sous forme de lunettes de plastique recyclable démontrant les pathologies oculaires les plus répandues.
Elles sont utilisées pour sensibiliser la population aux différentes façons de voir des personnes ayant une basse vision et permettent de prendre conscience des impacts que vivent celles-ci au quotidien.
Largement ouvert au public mais labyrinthique, l’hôtel de la région Rhône-Alpes a bénéficié d’une démarche Haute qualité d’usage innovante en matière d’accessibilité pour tous les handicaps. Des équipements de guidage multisensoriels ont été généralisés.
En France, un nouveau dispositif national d'information « Surdité, où s'informer ? » est lancé le 16 décembre 2013. Il est composé d'une plateforme téléphonique : 0 812 040 040 (numéro d'appel au tarif local) et d'un site internet http://www.surdi.info/ (link is external). Permanence accessible également en LSF.
Le négociant en vins et champagnes en région Lyonnaise « Vigne Continue » a décidé d’offrir gracieusement à sa clientèle qui le souhaite l’étiquetage des bouteilles en Braille au moyen d’une sur-étiquette.
As we age, our bodies experience natural changes that can dramatically influence the safety of our own home. Often these changes occur gradually, almost undetectably, until suddenly there is a fall or a deterioration of independence.
This text will tell what changes you can make at home to make it safer for elderly people who experience sensory disabilities that are acquired with age.
SuperVario2 24 est une plage Braille autonome et transportable
Elle se connecte à n'importe quel ordinateur du commerce de type PC doté d'un logiciel de lecture d'écran type Jaws, Window-Eyes et Supernova ou à un Mac avec le lecteur d'écran VoiceOver.
Appareil combinant un téléagrandisseur haute définition et une machine à lire.
Narratello 2 Plus, permet de lire grâce à la synthèse vocale, journaux, courrier, livres, même si les yeux sont trop fatigués.
This document contains guidance on accessibility in the form of Frequently Asked Questions regarding practical aspects of web content creation.
Each question provides comments and clarifications about typical accessibility issue that webmasters and internet editors face in their daily work.
As individuals age, it is common to experience changes in sensory perceptions—vision, hearing, smell, etc. Modifying one’s home environment to compensate for sensory loss can assist the older adult in maximizing their independence and ability to age in place. First, it is important to understand how the environment is perceived and negotiated by the older person.
Date: 01 Jan 2014 Author: American Optometric Association
This article explains what are the different conditions and diseases that affect vision as we get older. It also provides tips to drive safely and describes the different devices that can be used to deal with visual impairment.
The efficiency of the sensory organs—vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch—declines with age, but the age of onset and rate of decline differ markedly among people. This publication explains the sensory changes older people experience and suggests what you can do to help.
Statistic overview of the EU members and its population, the general employment and unemployment, the EBU labour market key facts, the estimated number of visually impaired people by country and age and the estimated number of visually impaired people in working age: employment/unemployment.
A list of Braille Producers in Europe from Bolu GAT4PROVIP PROJECT. The braille producers out of the document have their own web pages. The list contains braille producers from all over the world, from the United Kingdom, France, Austria and Australia.
A document of Bolu GAT4PROVIP PROJECT which contains further Information on assistive terchnologies and providers Sources of Information. This document contains links to different addresses on the internet.
The purpose of the Report is the provision of an Information Record of models of specialist accommodation and care for older people, and related standards, in use across the countries of the European Union, the acceding and candidate countries, and the EFTA countries: Norway, Switzerland,
Iceland and Liechtenstein (in total 38 countries).
This (YouTube) video and creative tree give the opportunity to introduce elderly people with sensory disabilities to the wonders of today's assistive technology and show them that Assistive Technology products are user-friendly and multifaceted.
Information on material related to daily life challenges and ways to overcome obstacles by using methods that can make daily tasks easier to cope with.
-ILS - description of what may be included in training for independence in daily life and coping with tasks and duties that may be difficult for visually impaired individuals.
-Importance of contrasts and colour
Gives information on various difficulties specific to this group and a guidance on how to assist. It debates ideas on how to classify the group, what to expect, risk factors in daily life, and the importance of rehabilitation. Families and care-takers benefit from the information.
Edberg, Kunskapscenter för Dövblindfrågor
Svingen Skådalen Kompetansesenter
Mortensen, Vedenscenter for Dövblindblevne
Öhman, Dövblindteamet Vestra Götalandsregionen
An overview of ways to communicate effectively with people with joint loss of hearing and sight.
Suggestions and advice on good communication. This is intended to ease communication in daily life, especially aimed at assisting caretakers working in homes for ageing people but will also be helpful for families and friends of those suffering from loss of sight and/or hearing. The advice is adapted to everyday situations and environment.
Orientation and mobility
Introduction to O&M, information on who are eligible for training. Advice on how to get information on aims and methods of O&M training and who to contact to get training by qualified O&M teachers.
Powerpoint presentation – Ageing in Iceland, Involvement, independence and participation in decision-making. The presentation is in english. In the text body you will find the text in Icelandic language.
Good access for all
Guidelines on how everyday environment can be adjusted and modified to accommodate easy access for blind and visually impaired people.
These guidelines are helpful for the public, institutions, public places and buildings such as schools, hospitals, buses, restaurants etc.
The Office of The Ageing Affaires in Iceland instigated a congress in celebration of The European Year of the Ageing
The congress was held by the authorities to initiate and promote ideas regarding the ageing, instigated by The Ministry of Welfare, City of Reykjavik, The National Association of the Ageing, The Office of The Ageing Affaires and four associations of different professionals.
This resulted in a facebook-site https://www.facebook.com/farsaeloldrun?fref=ts (link is external)
National Association of the Ageing Generation (FEB) in Iceland.
All around Iceland there are associations that provide various services for the ageing. These associations are formed and sustained by the ageing themselves. In every community, however small, the ageing enjoy their own association. Each community provides assistance to the associations e.g. manpower and housing.
This site gives information on the various associations all over Iceland. http://www.leb.is/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=100005 (link is external)
NIB Iceland; homepage
This is the homepage of National Institute for the blind, visually impaired and deafblind in Iceland. Various information for the Institute‘s clients; users of the services, teachers, parents, care-takers: www.midstod.is (link is external)
Date: 08 Sep 2013 Author: European Guide Dogs Mobility Standards
On the home page of the egdms website, you can find tips and advice on:
How does a guide dog get trained to help you?
The steps to take to get pet insurance for your guide dog
What are the benefits of having a guide dog?
Croatian impression of a deaf blind man.
Link to a video of the life of a 74 years old deaf blind man in which he describes how he became deaf blind. He also talks about his education, his problems in communication and about his mobility.
The Method Specialist Care was created to map the wishes of the inhabitants of De Vlasborch, a home for the visually impaired elderly. Next to that the method will equip the employees of Royal Dutch Visio.
A cystoid macular edema is a disease caused by fluid build-up under the macula generating a decreased vision. It may develop as a result of various other diseases which will have to be treated in order to cure the edema.
Prevention of the auditory effects of noise. The hearing pain threshold (120 decibels) is higher than the danger limit (85 decibels); consequently, it is of vital importance that a preventive behavior be put in place as soon as one finds oneself exposed to a level of more than 85 decibels. For information, as long as the noise level allows for a normal conversation, this level is below 85 decibels. When one has to yell to communicate, the existing noise exposure may pose a risk to hearing.
The eyes are the organs of vision. Eyes and vision can be altered by disorders, diseases and other factors.
In order to measure vision, diopter, or one-tenth, is used.
Several individuals play their part in taking care of your eyes and vision health: ophthalmologists, opticians and orthoptists.
Various examinations may be used in order to detect eyes disorders and diseases.
Finally, different types of solutions may be used, depending on the disorders or the diseases.
Date: 04 Jun 2013 Author: Holzschuch C, Allaire C., bertholet L., Agius C., Méheust C. (Dir)
This book, "When comes the time of visual impairment", should be considered as an instrument for an exchange between the people who become blind and their relatives. It touches a number of practical issues and aims at informing and supporting. It has been jointly elaborated by Inpes and la Fondation de France and is the first practical guide to type 1 acquired visual impairmen and was awarded the Prescrire price in 2009
Date: 04 Jun 2013 Author: Mutualité Française Anjou Mayenne - Agirc et Arrco
This guide is specifically aimed at managers of housing projects for elderly dependents (French acronym EHPAD),medico-social and health care institutions. It gives numerous examples, thus providing advice and recommendations on the accessibility of those institutions for sensory impaired individuals.
Date: 02 May 2013 Author: Christianne Almendros - Josiane Heyraud
Parents et professionnels auprès de personnes déficientes visuelles trouveront dans cet ouvrage quelques clés utiles pour soutenir et promouvoir une maîtrise du quotidien, qui autorise la confiance en soi et aide le sujet à trouver sa place dans la vie sociale en tant que citoyen à part entière, en toute dignité.
Date: 01 Jan 2013 Author: B.J. Le Jeune, Bernard Steinman, and John Mascia
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.
The sun provides light. Light permits vision. However, too much sun entails health hazards for the eyelids, the cornea, the crystalline and the retina which we shall describe here in order to understand how to protect oneself – and more specifically the retina with protective lenses – against these hazards.
The ophthalmologist is the health professional concerned with the eyes and their associated parts.
He may diagnose visual problems and diseases. He works alongside other professionals such as a general practitioner or an optician.
There are several inconveniences that can affect vision : metamorphopsia, photophobia, scotomas, night blindness, visual hallucinations, occasional loss of vision, mirages, altered perception of colours, visual fatigue or “dryness” syndromes.
Date: 11 Dec 2012 Author: Sous la direction de Cécile Allaire
Un guide pratique « Informer les personnes aveugles et malvoyantes : Partage d'expériences » publié par l'INPES pour rendre accessible à tous l'information concernant la santé.
Ce guide est le fruit de trois ans d'expérience de l'Inpes et des professionnels de terrain qui travaillent au contact des personnes aveugles ou malvoyantes
Date: 11 Dec 2012 Author: Sous la direction de Cécile Allaire
Ce guide, est le fruit de trois ans d'expérience de l'Inpes et des professionnels de terrain qui travaillent au contact des sourds et des malentendants pour rendre accessible à tous l'information concernant la santé.
Cette publication est le résultat d’une expérience acquise à l’issue d’un travail d’adaptation de documents de prévention aux publics âgés et handicapés.
This brochure seeks to explain what can be done to create an age-friendly EU by fostering solidarity between generations and enabling the active participation and involvement of all age groups in society while providing them with adequate support and protection.
Date: 14 Nov 2012 Author: WeDO For the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People
This publication was developed in the framework of the WeDO project by the European Partnership for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older people.
WeDO is a European project (2010-2012) co-financed by the European Commission. It was led by a steering group composed of 18 partners from 12 European Union (EU) Member States interested in working together to improve the quality of life of older people in need of care and assistance.
Document published by AGE Platform on the impact of the financial crisis on the life of elderly people. It gives information on:
- The need to understand the impact of the crisis on older people
- How to prevent poverty in old age and promote social inclusion
- Policy tools and processes to assess older people’s social realities and enhance their quality of life
Eyes traumas do affect the eyes, but they can also involve eyelids and eye socket lesions. Eye traumas can be simple bruises such as blood effusions but also piercing wounds due to foreign bodies within the eyes. Finally, they can be burns, for instance caused by chemical products.
Some pieces of information should be registered when faced with the traumas in order to cope with possible complications.
Myopia is the result of errors of refraction causing a poor distant vision without affecting near vision. It is measured in negative diopters.
Symptoms vary according to myopia's severity and its onset age; and whether it affects one eye or both eyes.
Myopia is detected at an ophthalmological check-up carried out by the ophthalmologist
Treating myopia consists in correcting it through 3 main approaches: spectacles, lens and surgery.
Myopia complications may occur; they will remain whatever the means used to correct it.
Presbyopia is the loss of the ability of the eye to focus or accommodate close-up vision in order to see clearly. Without any optical correction, the presbyopic sees objects in the distance well but those which are close up poorly.
The symptoms are of variable intensity depending on the lifestyle and/or work and leisures of the person.
Presbyopia is detected during an ophthalmologic examination.
The treatment can consist of using eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.
Orthoptists are qualified health practitioners responsible for measuring eye-vision distortions and for assuming binocular vision rehabilitation.
In order to do so, they carry out an orthoptic check-up highlighting oculomotor muscles and nerves weaknesses.
They are consulted after a visit to an ophthalmologist, a GP or a pediatrician.
The author starts by setting the scene and the historical background of his work. Jean-Serge MICHEL unveils the origin and evolution of his deafblindness, the main difficulties and specificities which he experienced as a child and as an adult, in his professionnal and social environment.
Lights, contrasts and guides for the elderly in EMS. This publication illustrates the perceptions of the visually impaired persons in their environment. This publication illustrates the perceptions of the visually impaired persons in their environment.
Our information on individual eye conditions is medically checked and is designed to be as useful as possible. We have grouped them, in alphabetical order, into three groups: names beginning with A to C, D to N and O to Z to make them easier to find quickly. Click (link is external)here (link is external)
If you wish to use this information for patients and clients, you will find that each page has a link to a printable version. Please feel free to print and photocopy as many copies of the information as you may need
An overview of the results of the European Expert Meeting on Ageing People with Visual Impairment that was held at April 4-5 2011 in Vught, the Netherlands. The direct reason for this meeting was a request from ICEVI Europe to get the theme 'ageing people' more substantially on their conference agenda.
Coming to terms with having a sight problem can be tough. Dealing with the emotional and practical impact of changes to your sight can be overwhelming. Our guide to coping with sight loss contains information and links to sources of help.
As well as selling a wide variety of products through our Online Shop, RNIB produces a number of magazines for blind and partially sighted people, including Vision magazine, our award-winning membership magazine for people with sight problems.
Click here (link is external) for more information
Sensorineural hearing loss, one of the most common diseases, has historically been regarded as an incurable and irreversible condition. The number of people with hearing loss has grown rapidly in recent years, because of the prevalence of environmental noise and the increase in the elderly population...
VisionAware helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community
These guidelines to improve and facilitate the application of Regulation (EC) N° 1107/2006 (the "Regulation") have been prepared in the form of answers to the most frequently asked questions on the Regulation.
This report would not have been possible without the time and commitment given by older blind and partially sighted people living in Tullamore, Salzburg and Marseille. Participants in the focus groups were able to share their experiences of adapting to poor vision whilst endeavouring to continue accessing the communities in which they lived.
As many as 1 in 5 people ages 70 years or older have both hearing and vision loss. This article examines dual sensory loss, and provides recommendations for better serving the needs of this unique and growing patient population.
Date: 01 Jan 2011 Author: Sue Hall, Hristina Petkova, Agis D. Tsouros, Massimo Costantini and Irene J. Higginson
This publication aims to provide examples of better palliative care practices
for older people. Some examples consider how to improve aspects within the whole health system; specific examples consider how to improve palliative care education, support in the community, in hospitals or for specific groups of people. The publication is intended for policy-makers, decision-makers, planners and multidisciplinary professionals.
Date: 18 Nov 2010 Author: sous la coordination d’Hélène Marie
Ce document restitue les travaux qui se sont tenus sous forme de quatre ateliers d’échange de pratiques organisés par la CNSA entre novembre 2009 et février 2010 sous la coordination d’Hélène Marie.
La survenue du vieillissement chez les personnes handicapées renforce la nécessité de personnaliser les réponses, donc la logique d’organisation de l’accompagnement.
This document is intended for people who have a disability that make web browsing difficult. It provides references to resources, including detailed documentation and step-by-step guides, to help you customize your particular web browser and computer setup.
And overview of the Norwegian Resource System for persons with Deafblindness. The brochure contains definitions on deafblindness and causes for deafblindness. It also describes the Norwegian Resource System as a part of the specialist health care system in Norway. It lists the regional Resource Centers with contact details.
This paper focusses on Universal Design which is a process that seeks to create products and environments that can be used equally effectively by everyone, including people with significant levels of disablement. Creating environments that are more “universal” requires a special understanding of the performance characteristics of those who are potentially marginalized by less inclusive design strategies.
Vision loss among the elderly is a major health care problem. Approximately one person in three has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65. The most common causes of vision loss among the elderly are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.
In the present document, after a brief description of AGE key objectives of pension systems (I), we examine some of the most important challenges remaining to complete pension reforms across the EU (II), present recommendations on how best implement these reforms by involving all respective stakeholders (III), and maximising the role of the Open Method of Coordination (IV).
Date: 08 Jan 2009 Author: CHENTOUF, R., GREISER, P., LEROUX, G., SCHIMRIK, D.,
The present document is the official handbook of the KnowProVip project. This project developped a course for professionals dealing with visually impaired persons and who want to better understand the specificities of elderly people.
An older person may find it easier to change their ways of performing daily tasks when he/she understands how the aging process affects their
sensory system. Then, one can begin to make appropriate adaptations and accept those sensory losses that cannot be completely overcome.
Therefore this document gives an understanding of the effects of aging on the sensory system
Care for elderly in home takes a lot of planning. Whatever way it happens, it may involve big changes in life style, and it's best to plan for in advance, if possible.
Care may take place in their own home (perhaps with home healthcare services too), or your elderly loved one may be moving in with someone else (perhaps you).
Here is a list of tips and ideas to improve the quality of life of these elderly people.
Home instructor programe is of high importance for the eldery deafblind in Croatia. Educated support providers, home instructors, go to deafblind peoples houses, providing them support where they most need it. In such a way we prevent institutionalisation and strenghten deafblind in leading a more independent life.
Date: 25 Jun 2008 Author: Directorate-General Energy and Transport (European Commission)
This short video (less than 5 minutes) was made by the European Commission for people with reduced mobility. It runs through a new European regulation that guarantees more rights for both the disabled and people with reduced mobility when they travel by air.
Lifelong Learning - A Tool For All Ages
Lifelong learning is of key importance for individuals of all ages and holds an array of benefits for them and society. It promotes their full economic and societal participation, enables them to be better informed and more active citizens, contributes to their personal well being and fulfilment, supports their creativity and innovation, and increases their efficiency as workers or volunteers.
This brochure explains the importance of creating an enabling environment as well as direct approaches to promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. It also underlines the importance of promoting a positive and integrated approach to health by addressing a range of social, economic, housing, transport, new technology, education and other relevant policies that have an impact on health.
Date: 02 Jan 2007 Author: Diane Roberts, Thomas Scharf, Miriam Bernard and Peter Crome
This briefing focuses on issues relating to the identification of people over the age of 60 in the UK who have dual sensory loss in the form of a combined hearing and sight impairment (deafblind). It is intended to raise awareness among people in contact with the elderly who do not have technical knowledge of deafblindness.
Date: 01 Nov 2006 Author: Meredith M. Whiteside, Margaret I. Wallhagen and Elaine Pettengill
This is the second part of a two-part article on sensory impairment in older adults. The paper focusses on all the issues surounding visual impairment and blindness. It is especially intended for nurses but anyone interested in elderly people and visual loss can read it.
This document shows how Web accessibility depends on several components working together and how improvements in specific components could substantially improve Web accessibility. It also shows how the WAI guidelines address these components.
This review provides an overview of recent research that addressed hearing loss and auditory processing problems among elderly people. It focuses on research from the University of Maryland on problems in auditory temporal processing by elderly listeners as assessed in speech perception experiments using temporally altered signals and in psycho-acoustic experiments of duration and rhythm discrimination for simple and complex signals.
Although this guide gives general guidance for people with impaired vision aged 18-55, many good practices apply to peaople aged 55 and above.
This guide gives general guidance on the housing and support needs of adults aged 18- 55 with impaired vision. It is based on research carried out at University College London between March 2003 and February 2005, jointly sponsored by the Housing Corporation and Thomas Pocklington Trust.
This web page was developped in the context of the Web Accessibility Initiative by W3C and is intended for people with disabilities who have difficulties accessing the Web. It gives an introduction to Web accessibility.
Date: 03 Nov 2003 Author: John Percival, Julienne Hanson and Dorota Osipovic
This is the report of a survey of the views and experiences of 23 housing and social care stakeholders in London, all with a responsibility for service provision to people with a vision impairment. Stakeholders include 9 local authority social service departments, 6 local authority housing departments, 4 voluntary sector organisations, and 3 housing associations.
The purpose of this brochure is to illustrate, through the presentation of existing good practice and more general considerations for policy making, how commitments of the 2012 Vienna Ministerial Declaration relate to various societal situations and can be successfully implemented in terms of concrete policies and actions. The examples and Proposals have all been selected from contributions to the Vienna conference.
This communication constitutes the contribution of the European Commission to the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing. It represents an input from the European Commission to the international debate on the new International Plan of Action on Ageing. As such it is intended to develop a common EU position on the plan.
Date: 24 Jan 2002 Author: COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
This report responds to the request of the Stockholm European Council which called upon “the Council and the Commission to report jointly, in time for the Spring European Council in 2002, on how to increase labour force participation and promote active ageing.”
Date: 02 Jan 2002 Author: Mary Carey, Joan Cole and Duncan Boldy
This report provides an overview of information available on ageing with a long standing disability in WA. Information was sought from published and unpublished reports and discussions with a number of disability stakeholders. The main understanding gained from amassing this information is the limited usefulness for future service planning and provision, of the existing data on people with long standing disability.
Date: 01 Jan 2002 Author: Christel Jaubert and Alexandra Resch
The ageing of Europe’s population will be a crucial challenge for the 21st century. Society will be facing 3 changes: 1st, increasing numbers of older people demanding new social structures and opportunities; 2nd, increasing numbers of disabled older people requiring new services with resulting economic consequences; 3rd, complex economic, technological, organisational and social challenges involved in the ageing of society.
Date: 21 Sep 1999 Author: Lisa Fook, Rosemary Morgan
As we age we are increasingly likely to suffer from chronic conditions. Hearing impairment is among the top three such conditions along with arthritis and hypertension.1 It may have become a problem for the ﬁrst time in old age or may have been acquired when younger or at birth.
Date: 25 May 1999 Author: COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
This Communication "Towards a Europe for all Ages" constitutes the contribution of the Commission to the UN International Year of Older Persons. It aims to stimulate debate between and with Member States. It sets out the implications of the ageing of the population in employment, social protection, health and social services and proposes a strategy for effective policy responses in these fields.
This document sets out good practice guidelines for social and health
care services in relation to older people for whom the normal ageing process is further complicated by a significant degree of dual sensory loss.