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Low Vision and Aging

Occupational therapists are likely to encounter individuals with low vision and other chronic conditions in a wide range of clinical settings including acute care, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and home health. This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to learn about the impact of visual impairment and typical age-related changes on daily activities, occupational therapy's role with this population and the importance of self-management (SM) to support participation.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will explore the literature related to the impact of low vision on occupational performance and existing models of clinical and SM programs. Tangible outcomes for students include: gaining experience with delivering an SM program to adults with vision loss in a community-based setting, participating in collection of program evaluation data, on-going development of a leader training program, development of SM toolkits and determination of their clinical utility, and hands-on experience with adults with vision loss and other chronic conditions. Students meet with Dr. Perlmutter on a weekly basis and with consultants and community partners as needed.

Examples of Projects

  • Delivery of an SM program for older adults with vision loss
  • Development of program evaluation methods for an SM program for older adults with vision loss and assessment of the impact of the program
  • Development of a leader training webinar series for occupational therapists and other vision rehab professionals related to the SM program for older adults with vision loss
  • Development of SM toolkits for use in the OT Clinical Services Low Vision program and beyond and determination of their clinical utility

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