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Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults: Challenges and Possible Solutions to Support Them
Given the demographics of the baby-boomer generation in Canada, every one in four adults in Canada will be above 65 years of age and the number of older adults could reach around 10 million by 2036 (Statistics Canada, 2018). Based on recent estimate of 2% of the world population with dual sensory loss, we might have more than one million older adults with dual sensory loss in Canada by next decade.

The aim of Dr. Atul Jaiswal's presentation is to make professionals in the field understand the challenges faced by older adults with dual sensory loss and then offer potential solutions to support them. It will highlight strategies that could help professionals in conducting clinical assessments and providing medical care to older adults with dual sensory loss. He will use case scenarios from the field in combination with recent knowledge developments in the field of dual sensory loss to present challenges and potential solutions.

Jun 3, 2019 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Atul Jaiswal, PhD
@School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
Atul Jaiswal recently completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Canada. He is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship and his doctoral research focused on identifying ways to enhance participation of persons with deafblindness or dual sensory loss in society. His current work also focuses on understanding the use of assistive technology for people with deafblindness. He is a trained occupational therapist as well as rehabilitation social worker with experience of more than seven years in the field of disability rehabilitation. At Queen’s, he delivered his TED talk on “Novel applications and considerations of Wearable technologies” in the field of healthcare and rehabilitation at TEDxQueensUSalon 2017, and lead in organizing a tri-university conference on global health and rehabilitation in 2018. His current project focuses on how best we can integrate vision loss rehabilitation in healthcare.