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  • Fritzi Gros-Daillon

Low Vision Challenges for the Elderly

World Braille Day is an important reminder that the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the challenges of living with low vision. As we age, our vision gradually deteriorates and our ability to perform everyday tasks can become increasingly difficult. For those whose vision continues to decline, life can become difficult to manage and their quality of life can suffer.


Living with low vision can be a challenge for seniors, but with the right care and support, those with impaired vision can lead independent lives. Providing assistance with activities of daily living such as reading, shopping, and managing finances can help those with low vision to maintain their independence. Accessibility products such as large print and audiobooks, magnifying lenses, touchscreen devices, and assistive technology can help seniors stay connected with the world as their eyesight declines.


Technology has also enabled seniors with low vision to improve their mobility. For example, many modern GPS devices come with special settings for people with low vision, allowing individuals to navigate streets safely. Additionally, many cities now provide accessible bus services for seniors who may otherwise struggle with transportation.


World Braille Day is a reminder that elderly citizens living with low vision are entitled to safe and independent lives. Offering accessible services and products that are easily accessible to seniors can help them stay connected with the world around them. Together we can make sure that no one is left behind in the digital age and that seniors have the support they need to age in place.


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