Supporting people with sight loss - Podcast series

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This podcast series is essential listening for those who support older people living with sight loss, people with sight loss and professionals working in the field of complex needs.

Iain Kennedy and June Neil, from RNIB's older people and complex needs team, have recorded the series to offer advice and support to carers and highlight the challenges presented by sight loss in older people and people with complex needs.

These podcasts - each less than 15 minutes long - should have something for everyone. But, they should be useful listening, in particular, for older people living with sight loss as well as those family members, friends and carers who support them, as well as anyone who supports and helps adults with complex needs - both in a home or care setting.

Live podcasts

Podcast 1: Promoting eye health in older people

Some 1.2 million people over the age of 75 live with sight loss, which can develop gradually. Iain and June discuss why it is so important for people to have regular eye health checks, and how to go about accessing eye care. Did you know that half of sight loss cases are preventable if caught early?

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Podcast 2: Questions to ask at the eye exam

One in five people over 75, and one in two over 90, are living with sight loss so it is really important for everyone to go for regular health checks so the warning signs can be caught early.  In this podcast Iain and June suggest the best questions you should ask at your eye exam, so you can get the most out of the appointment.

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Podcast 3: Supporting an adult with complex needs at an eye exam

People with complex needs are 10 times more likely than the general population to be living with sight loss.  In this podcast Iain shares his advice for supporting an adult with complex needs at the eye exam.

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Podcast 4: Supporting a person with sight loss in the home

June and Iain share advice on how to make the home environment easier for older adults living with sight loss.

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Podcast 5: Talking to an adult with sight loss

You can hear how to talk to an adult with sight loss: there are some dos, some don'ts and Iain and June explode some common myths.

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Podcast 6: Technology to support older people at home

In this podcast Hannah Rowlatt, Technology for Life co-ordinator at RNIB, talks about the different ways technology can be used to support independence in the home for people living with sight loss, smart devices and how to use them and how to get support to learn how to use technology.

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Podcast 7: The impact of sight loss in people with dementia

Quarter of a million people in the UK live with dementia and sight loss. In this podcast, June chats with Dr Barbara Sharp, Policy and Practice Consultant with Alzheimer Scotland, about the impact of living with dementia and sight loss. They explore how some types of dementia can have sight-related issues.

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Podcast 8: Enhancing communication in people with dementia and sight loss

In their second podcast on the challenges people living with dementia and sight loss can face, June and Dr Barbara Sharp, Policy and Practice Consultant with Alzheimer Scotland, share their advice about the ways communication can be improved.

Listen to podcast 8