The socio-emotional experiences of older persons with visual impairments
Given the intense effect visual impairment has on the quality of life of older persons, there is an increased awareness in social work of the growing need and demand for support services for older persons who are visually impaired. The study explores the socio-emotional experiences of these persons from a life stage and ecological perspective. The investigation shows that visual impairment severely influences the daily functioning of older persons. The findings indicate the need for preventative services, assessment of the influence of visual impairment on the socio-emotional functioning of older persons, and social work interventions at individual, family and community levels.