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Our podcasts are 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 different 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.

There are three different podcast series, focusing on:



Eye health and sight loss advice

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?

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.

Supporting an adult with complex needs at an eye exam

People with complex needs are ten 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.

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.

Talking to an adult with sight loss

Find out the best way to talk to an adult with sight loss and what to avoid saying. Iain and June also explode some common myths.

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.

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.

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.



Apps: introducing easily accessible technology

Technology is a great enabler but we know it can also be daunting for people, particularly older people, to get to grips with. This series of podcasts explores the range of simple apps which can be used in everyday life to support people with sight loss.

Apps - an introduction

Do you know what an app is and what apps can be used for?  There are many apps available and some are incredibly useful, with a variety of uses including listening to music, helping to find train times and communicating with friends and family. There are apps to help magnify print and many more.  In this podcast, Linzi and Hannah discuss what an app is and some of the key features of apps

Apps for independent living

In this podcast, Hannah describes some examples of apps which can help people live as independently as possible. She demonstrates some of these apps and shows what they can do. 

Apps for staying in touch

Apps are used by some people every day to keep in contact and communicate with friends, family and work colleagues. Listen to Hannah sharing some examples of apps which can help with keeping in touch.

Apps for entertainment

Many apps are available for entertainment uses for all ages. From word game apps, jigsaw apps, apps to listen to music and many more. In this podcast, Hannah shares some examples of popular apps for providing entertainment

Apps for organisation

What apps are already built into your smartphone, or other mobile devices, to help with life admin tasks? Hannah discusses with Linzi some apps which are already built-in to some devices and how they can be useful. They can also be downloaded to give a boost to everyday living, including tools such as calendar reminders, address books, notes and much more. 

Apps for getting out and about 

There are many apps available to help assist with planning journeys, buying public transport tickets and checking live bus or train times. Hannah shares some examples of apps that people use to help them get out and about.



Stroke and vision changes

A stroke can cause visual changes: examples include visual field loss, double vision or problems with visual processing. This podcast series is for health and social care professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about how stroke can impact on vision and who can help.

If you are a health, or social care professional and are interested in training in relation to vision loss and stroke, please contact our Older People and Complex Needs team at [email protected] or 0303 123 9999.

What impact can stroke have on your vision?

In this podcast members of RNIB's Specialist support team and Sight Loss Advice Service discuss how stroke can impact on vision.  

Signs of visual difficulty after stroke

This podcast includes information on how visual difficulties after stroke can be identified. We also discuss some signs of visual changes relating to stroke. 

Professionals involved in vision and stroke support

In this podcast Linzi, Stevie and Louise talk about the professionals involved in stroke care. In particular, they discuss the descriptions of the eye care professionals involved if vision is impacted by stroke. 

Involvement of the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) in stroke and vision support

This podcast explores the role of an ECLO and the support ECLOs provide if someone has a change in their vision related to their stroke. Jo, who is an ECLO, talks about her role and what it involves. 

Vision and stroke: Sandra's story

Sandra shares her story about how her vision was impacted by her stroke and how she adapted to changes in her visual field. She has been diagnosed with homonymous hemianopia, which is described as loss of one half of her visual field in the same side in each eye, and is due to the area of her brain that had been affected by stroke.