Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: Retrospective chart review of spectacle prescription prevalence in adults with learning disabilities in Scotland

3 June 2019

Maggie Butchart and Craig Colahan Background: Evidence suggests that people with learning disabilities are less likely to have an up‐to‐date eye examination as sight loss is characteristically underdiagnosed in people with complex needs. Method A retrospective study of records from 576 Service Users of RNIB UK Vision, learning disability and Complex Needs Services was carried out. Results The record review

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It’s Dementia Action Week

22 May 2019
Source: Alzheimer's Society

Dementia Action Week 2019  20-26 May Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. And despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely. That’s why this Dementia Action Week, we’re encouraging everyone to take action by starting a

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WHO Guidelines: Risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia

15 May 2019
Source: WHO

The WHO Guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia provide evidence-based recommendations on lifestyle behaviours and interventions to delay or prevent cognitive decline and dementia. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia and, with one new case every three seconds, the number of people with dementia is set to triple by 2050. The increasing numbers of people with

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College research raises awareness of dementia that has early visual symptoms

2 April 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists has completed research on the experiences of vision assessment for people living with a form of dementia that impacts vision. The research, published in the BMJ Open on 21 March, focused on posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) which can result in unusual visual phenomena, such as finding it easier to read smaller fonts than larger ones, as

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Agenda for Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee, 11 April 2019

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28 March 2019
Source: Vision UK

Agenda for Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee, 11 April 2019

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Cardiff University: Traditional eye screening ‘ineffective’ for special schools

22 March 2019
Source: Cardiff University

A pioneering report co-authored by Dr Maggie Woodhouse has provided further evidence that traditional eye screening in special schools is ineffective in detecting vision problems for children with learning disabilities. The research, which was funded by the vision charity SeeAbility, concluded that full eye examinations are a more effective method for detection. The report aimed to present the findings of

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SeeAbility’s CEO reacts to the NHS long term plan

31 January 2019
Source: SeeAbility

Reacting to the NHS long term plan published on 7 January 2019, Lisa Hopkins, SeeAbility’s CEO said: The plan is one of two halves: whilst the NHS has embraced the call for preventative eye care in this high risk population, there is still much work to be done on supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism to move away from

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Learning Disability Today: Leaving the family home: the possibility of supported living

12 November 2018
Source: Learning Disability today

Home or away? When it’s time for an adult son or daughter with learning disabilities to fly the nest, should parents opt to move out so they can have round-the-clock care in the home they have always known, or is a fresh start in supported living the better option? Darren Devine explores the options. For parents of children with learning

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Institute of Health Equity: A Fair, Supportive Society

5 November 2018
Source: Institute of Health Equity

The IHE report A Fair, Supportive Society highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population – that’s 1,200 people every year. The report commissioned by NHSE highlights key facts, stats, and interventions. Much of the government action needed to improve life

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PLOS one: Cataract surgery and age-related cognitive decline: A 13-year follow-up of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

29 October 2018
Source: PLOS One

Background Visual impairment has been associated with lower cognitive ability among older adults, yet little is known about whether improving visual function with cataract surgery would be associated with slower cognitive decline. This study aimed to assess whether trajectories of cognitive decline differed before and after cataract surgery and compare those trajectories between older adults with cataract surgery and without

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