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2001-14: Study on Advocacy Needs for Seniors

Whereas 12% of the Canadian population is over the age of 65 years, and
Whereas this percentage of senior citizens will continue to grow with the aging of the baby boomers, and
whereas normal aging changes may cause some degree of visual impairment in older persons, and
whereas many seniors will also develop age related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma, and whereas advocacy issues of visually impaired seniors may vary in nature from those of younger visually impaired persons;

be it resolved that the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality support in principle the undertaking of a study to determine the advocacy needs of blind, deaf blind and visually impaired seniors; said study to be carried out by Linda Bartram, a blind student of Gerontology, and that the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality endeavour to address issues arising from this study.

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