This exploratory study examined how vision affects perceptions about safety, independence, mobility, and social connection in a sample of visually impaired adults aged 60 and older. Utilizing a qualitative approach, the study was conducted using openended semi-structured interviews of 15 participants who attend a rehabilitation center for the visually impaired. Data were collected through tape-recorded interviews and transcribed for accuracy, and then coded using content analysis. Themes that emerged from the interviews included: concerns with curbs, steps, and crowds; being a burden to others and losing the ability to drive; the need for preplanning activities, the ability to relate to others, and having to cope with the loss of a spouse. The results will assist healthcare providers and rehabilitation centers in understanding the experiences of older adults with visual impairments that will better inform the development and provision of individualized programs for older adults with visual impairment.
|Advisor:||White, Barbara S.|
|Commitee:||Claver, Maria, Reiboldt, Wendy|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social work, Special education|
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