Category: Aging/Elderly People with Disabilities

For and about people who have grown up with disaiblities and are now aging. Also for and about elderly people who have disabilities that may be age-related.
  • A Holistic Approach to Eye Care for Older People
    • This article explains the various difficulties a doctor may find when treating elderly patients with impaired vision. Advice is given to doctors as to treat elderly individuals with dignity and respect, while also ensuring the optimal treatment. PDF format.
  • Ageing & Disability Seminar Proceedings
    • The aim of the seminar was to bring together people from the ageing and disability sectors to discuss common policy issues and to share the findings of a joint discussion paper on ageing and disability.
  • Ageing & Disability: A Discussion Paper
    • This discussion provides an overview of developments on ageing and disability. It describes the key policy themes, considers disability data collection practice in Europe, Australia and Ireland, provides an overview of the situation in the Republic of Ireland for older people with disabilities, and discusses ways that positive social policy for older people with disabilities can be implemented. PDF format.
  • Ageing: A Global Perspective
    • This article speaks of the inevitability of aging and the decline of health that comes with it. While blindness and acute loss of vision are common with age, many instances are unique to different regions. This shows that each region should be treated separately with regard to treatment of vision loss in elderly populations. PDF format.
  • Caregiving for Native Elderly with Health Problems
    • This article gives basic information on caring for elderly natives who are currently experiencing health problems. PDF format.
  • Delivery of Eye Care to the Elderly: Practical Considerations
    • This article examines the fragile relationship of elderly individuals to eye care. Persons over the age of 60 are far more likely to suffer from visual impairments than younger individuals. Doctors must be able to empathize with their elderly patients when considering practical medical attention for the individual. PDF format.
  • Helping Older People get the Eye Care they Need
    • This article expresses concern about the fact that only about 1 in 3 elderly individuals with visual impairments receive treatment for their condition. It identifies the various different reasons for this lack of treatment and offers solutions communities can use to correct each problem. PDF format.
  • Illnesses or Injury Increase Odds of Seniors Developing New or Worsening Disability
    • A summary of a study examining the factors that play a role in an older adult's transition to disability, intervening illnesses and injuries that led to hospitalization or activity restriction were associated with worsening functional ability, especially among those who were physically frail.
  • Low Vision and Rehabilitation for Older People: Integrating Services into the Health Care System
    • This article discusses how lack of eye care for the elderly is common among developing nations even though there are solutions for low vision individuals to function with their remaining eyesight. The author gives suggestions on treatment which include low vision devices and strategies of community-based rehabilitation. PDF format.
  • Successful Aging of Women with Intellectual Disabilities: The Toronto Experience
    • This study aims to identify some key issues in aging for older women with intellectual disabilities from the perspective of the women themselves. Findings indicate that these women face significant challenges as they age, especially in the areas of health and economic well being. PDF format.
  • The Meaning of Aging for Women with Childhood Onset Disabilities
    • The purpose of this research study was to gain an understanding of the meaning of aging for women with childhood onset disabilities. It aims to explore the life course of women aging with paralytic polio and to convey an account of the changes associated with aging, the strategies used to adapt to the changes, and the affects of gender on their ability to adapt to the changes. PDF format.
  • Working Together: Policy on Ageing and Disability
    • The Australian Federation of Disability Organisation's position paper on disability with regards to the aging population.