Older people

Most people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments in the UK are older people who have developed hearing and sight loss in later life. The older someone is, the more likely they are to have both a visual and a hearing impairment.

An elderly woman smilingOften this hearing and vision loss comes on gradually. Older people themselves, and others around them, may not recognise or understand what is happening. This dual-sensory loss often goes unrecognised, or is seen as a natural consequence of ageing about which nothing can be done.

Sense has free, easy-to-use resources for family members and staff that support older people with dual-sensory loss.

How do I know if someone has dual-sensory loss?

Our simple Fill in the Gaps checklist (also available in Welsh) can be used to see if your relative or someone you support has dual-sensory loss.

I have a relative who doesn’t hear or see too well

Living with hearing and sight loss in later life can be a challenge. Your relative may be struggling with daily life and it can be hard to know how best to support them.

Our downloadable booklet, Enjoy Life! is a guide to understanding what your relative is going through, how you can help, and where to go for more specialist support.

Information for professionals

If you work in social services, are a healthcare professional, or work in a residential care home, or for a domiciliary care agency, you can read our information for social care and healthcare professionals.


First published: Monday 2 July 2012
Updated: Wednesday 18 February 2015