June 2010

Professor James Nazroo and Dr Anna Zimdars, Univesity of Manchester

Older people with sight loss are more likely to be from poorer backgrounds, have low quality relationships and suffer from other physical health problems, according to research published by Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Key Facts:

Older people with a visual impairment:

  • Older people with visual impairments are more likely to have other physical health problems than sighted people.
  • Older visually impaired people are also more likely to be in poorer socio-economic circumstances.
  • Visually impaired people have a comparable level of contact within a social network to that of sighted people, but the quality of those relationships tends to be poorer.
  • They are also more likely to score negatively on wellbeing assessments, though this could be explained by their greater likelihood of being in poor circumstances.

How can this research help?

A better understanding of the key drivers of wellbeing among older people with sight loss will direct healthcare professionals and caregivers to individuals who may be in need of help, and identify any gaps in support or services.

Links: 

Research Findings: Social Inclusion, Social Circumstances and the Quality of Life of Visually Impaired Older People – PDF version and Word version