Independence following sight loss

14 December 2011

Independence following sight loss

The event was opened by BBC reporter Ian Hamilton

An event hosted at GCU looked at how older people with sight loss can stay safe and maintain their independence. 
The KT Equal event showcased effective cross-disciplinary working between academia, health, social care and charities and the benefits for the older person, organisations and individuals involved. 
It was opened by BBC Newsnight Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton, whose insights into what people with severe visual impairment would benefit from were of great interest to the audience. 
Also speaking at the event was Agnes Houston, of the Scottish Dementia Working Group. Agnes, who diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, gave her perspective on being a service user. 
Delegates attended from as far afield as London and Orkney, ranging from occupational therapists, vision impairment teams, researchers and PhD students and charity staff working with older people and visual impairment. 
Feedback has been extremely positive: 
“Excellent range of speakers. Great link of theory to practice and clinical relevance. Really useful to have service users view. Great range of leaflets and info on the stalls”
“The event is very relevant to my current placement. I was very interested to hear about the connection between dementia and visual impairment as it is not something I have considered before”
“Lots of practical content and thought provoking speakers”

An event hosted at GCU looked at how older people with sight loss can stay safe and maintain their independence. 

The KT Equal event showcased effective cross-disciplinary working between academia, health, social care and charities and the benefits for the older person, organisations and individuals involved. 

It was opened by BBC Newsnight Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton, whose insights into what people with severe visual impairment would benefit from were of great interest to the audience. 

Also speaking at the event was Agnes Houston, of the Scottish Dementia Working Group. Agnes, who diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, gave her perspective on being a service user. 

Delegates attended from as far afield as London and Orkney, ranging from occupational therapists, vision impairment teams, researchers and PhD students and charity staff working with older people and visual impairment. 

The feedback has been extremely positive: 

  • “Excellent range of speakers. Great link of theory to practice and clinical relevance. Really useful to have service users view. Great range of leaflets and info on the stalls”
  • “The event is very relevant to my current placement. I was very interested to hear about the connection between dementia and visual impairment as it is not something I have considered before”
  • “Lots of practical content and thought provoking speakers”
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