A tale of two cultures

Cross-disciplinary perspectives in the care of older adults with combined visual and medical disabilities

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Abstract

A comparison of the vision rehabilitation and medical rehabilitation systems suggests that, despite the distinct professional cultures that have evolved around them over the past 50 years, their commonalities are more notable than their differences. The older adult, who frequently develops simultaneous visual and medical disabilities, demands a greater degree of cooperation between these systems, than that required for the younger client who was the primary focus of the rehabilitation paradigm in the years following World War II. This article includes guidelines for practitioners that should help them achieve a more comprehensive approach to their elderly visually impaired clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume17
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 1991
Externally publishedYes

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