Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of older adults with diverse visual impairments about safety, independence, mobility, and social connection
by Camarena, Vanessa, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 61; 1524180
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara S.
Commitee: Claver, Maria, Reiboldt, Wendy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Gerontology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, Special education
Publication Number: 1524180
ISBN: 978-1-303-52157-7
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