Delaying vision loss in the elderly may delay overall decline

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Researchers say that strategies aimed at delaying vision loss might also help to delay physical and mental decline among elderly people.

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Good vision makes all aspects of life more pleasant. It is important to try to help elderly people maintain good vision so they can enjoy a high quality of life.

Poor vision may lead to decline physically and to cognitive problems in elderly people

The American Geriatrics Society reports that poor vision may lead to decline physically and to cognitive problems in elderly people. This is significant since about 65 percent of people who are 50 years old and older must cope with vision problems.

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It has been well understood that poor vision can decrease the ability of an older person to function. However until this research was done there has not been a good understanding of the impact which poor vision has on an older adult’s physical and cognitive, or mental health, abilities. Researchers from German universities and German medical schools investigated 2,394 adults who were between the ages of 77 and 101 to determine how vision issues influenced their physical and cognitive abilities.

When the vision of older adults declines sharply they participate less in physical and mental activities

It was concluded by the researchers when the vision of older adults declines sharply they participate less in physical and mental activities. It has been suggested that since vision loss is generally preventable, strategies which postpone vision loss may also help to delay physical and mental decline in elderly people.

This study has been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The researchers examined the effects of visual impairment on the physical and cognitive function of older people. It was determined physical and cognitive function in old age are affected by impairment of vision. Strategies aimed at delaying visual impairment may help people maintain better physical and cognitive function as they age.

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