Predictors of Job Retention After Onset of Visual Impairment in Late Middle Age.

TitlePredictors of Job Retention After Onset of Visual Impairment in Late Middle Age.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsCmar, JL, McDonnall, MC, G Mitchell, L
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
ISSN Number1552-6887
Keywordsblind, Employment, job retention, low vision, visual impairment

We investigated factors associated with job retention after developing a visual impairment in late middle adulthood. Using longitudinal survey data from the Health and Retirement Study, we identified respondents who first reported poor eyesight or legal blindness at age 44-64 years in Waves 3-14 and who were employed in the previous wave. We conducted a multiple logistic regression analysis with job retention as the dependent variable and health and socioeconomic characteristics as independent variables. Women, people who were married or partnered, and people with fair or better self-reported health were more likely to retain employment after vision loss, whereas people with more chronic health conditions were less likely to retain employment. Poor health and chronic health conditions may prompt late middle-aged adults to leave the labor force after developing vision loss. Timely vocational rehabilitation services can help employed people with vision loss retain employment.

Citation Key13878
PubMed ID38577888