Exploring Professionals’ Experiences in the Rehabilitation of Older Clients with Dual-Sensory Impairment

  • Sarah A. Fraser, Kenneth E. Southall, Walter Wittich
  • Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, March 2019, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s0714980819000035

What is it like to work with older adults that have combined vision and hearing impairment?

Photo by Matthew Bennett on Unsplash

Photo by Matthew Bennett on Unsplash

What is it about?

Rehabilitation professionals that work with older adults affected by both vision and hearing impairment develop a special and valuable skill set for communication and interaction. We decided to interview such clinicians and summarize their experiences, since this type of expertise is generally not taught during clinical training.

Why is it important?

The number of older adults with acquired or age-related combined vision and hearing impairment is growing constantly. All health professionals will need the skills to communicate with this population as the quality of the care they provide likely depends on their ability to communicate with these individuals.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

Working with Sarah Fraser as my post-doc on this project has simply be delightful. Her multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective on health care provision has made this project specifically rich.

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