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Ageing

Increasing numbers of older people are developing hearing and vision problems.  Often this hearing and vision loss comes on very gradually.  Older people themselves, and others around them, may not recognise or understand what is happening.  Combined hearing and sight loss can cause problems with communication, getting around and accessing information.  This can cause difficulties with many everyday activities and can make people feel isolated excluded from society.

Indicators of hearing loss in the elderly are:-

Indictors of visual loss in the elderly are:-

One of the challenges for older people with deafblindness is finding a way to go where they choose and move around safely.  Simple changes to the enviornment, mobility training and guiding all make a big difference.
 
Many older people who live in care homes or receive care in their own homes have hearing and vision loss.  Providing good quality care means recognising their needs.