Wednesday Lunch Hour - Intervention for Older Adults Who Have Vision Loss

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich Rusling Room, LeChase 215

Vision-impaired older adults are at increased risk for persistent, untreated depression -- up to one third of them meet criteria for major depression; another 10-20% report symptoms of minor depression. The Macular Degeneration and Aging Study (MADAS) was a community-university collaboration to test a Resilience Building Program (RBP) that strengthens seniors' capacity to cope with current and future vision loss, in order to prevent new depression symptoms and reduce current symptoms. Dr. Sörensen will present some of the findings from the MADAS and discuss plans for future use of this approach in community settings. Because it is relatively easy for non-psychologically trained personnel to learn RBP techniques, we propose to teach technician-level agency and clinic personnel at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABV) and Flaum Eye Institute (FEI) to offer the RBP.

Presented by Dr. Silvia Sörensen, Warner School of Education.

A light lunch from Full Belly Deli will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program starts promptly at noon.

Tags: vision, Warner Wednesday Talk