United Nations' Principles for Older Persons viewed though the eyes of visually impaired seniors

  • Olga Overbury, Walter Wittich, Pat Spadafora
  • International Congress Series, September 2005, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.ics.2005.05.053

How to turn global policy rhetoric into research objectves

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

What is it about?

We decided to examine a global policy recommendation, the UN Principles for Older Persons, from the specific perspective of older adults with a visual impairment, and develop research priorities and directions based on the policy piece.

Why is it important?

The rhetoric of international policy is often diplomatically vague and difficult to translate into relevant directives that can be translated and used in research. However, we need to build links between the relevance of our research and the global priorities of health care. Therefore, exercises like this are important steps in bringing ideas and concepts to practical reality.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

This study was my first attempt in thinking beyond the traditional framework of experimental research, my original training. We are now working on a similar project, bringing the Principles for Older Persons into the context of deafblindness, hoping to raise awareness and facilitate relevant policy and practice.

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