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Research Report — JVIB Extract

Since Research Reports do not have abstracts, we have provided an extract of the beginning of the text.

Extract: Policymakers have failed to prioritize services for individuals facing vision loss despite the implications that include increased risk of falls, injuries, depression, and social isolation, and the heightened effects of other health conditions (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2016). This lack of prioritization could particularly affect an aging population. By 2030, 60 million baby boomers will be between the ages of 66 and 84 years. More than 20% of the United States population will be over the age of 65 (Brandon, 2014), compared to 13% of that population in 2010. Since advancing age is associated with higher prevalence of vision loss, the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind programs will likely face an increasing demand for services.


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