In It Together: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Treat Distress Among Older Adults With Sensory Loss and Their Spouses

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Updated on 27 June 2021


Impairments in hearing and/or vision are common in older age. Having lived one's life as a fully sighted and hearing individual, older adults with sensory loss must come to terms with their declining capacity to interact with others and waning independence. There is ample research evidence showing that sensory loss (i.e., loss of hearing, vision or both) can be a distressful experience for older adults and their spouses, yet little has been done to understand what works in alleviating this distress or develop scalable cost-effective interventions to counter this distress or associated outcomes like depression, anxiety, poor quality of life, and lower relationship quality. In this project, the investigators will design and test an easy-to-administer, online intervention aimed at reducing emotional and marital distress in older adults with sensory loss and their spouses. The goal of the intervention will be to develop acceptance of the sensory loss through a series of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy inspired educational, self-compassion, and therapeutic activities. In prior research, acceptance has been flagged as a promising factor on which to intervene to assist older couples' emotional and marital recovery in the context of sensory loss. Thus, the investigators expect that the intervention should show encouraging results regarding the alleviation of distress in this group and contribute significantly to the psychosocial rehabilitation of older adults with sensory loss and their spouses.

Condition sensory loss
Treatment English: In It Together (IIT)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04781608
SponsorUniversity of Copenhagen
Last Modified on27 June 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Be 60 years of age or older
Be able to read and write in Danish
Be in a romantic relationship of at least 1 year
Live together with the partner (share housing)
Feel either one self or one's partner has a sensory loss (hearing and/or sight) that affects day-to-day life. This sensory loss does not need to be confirmed by a health care provider

Exclusion Criteria

Less than 60 years of age
Cannot read or write in Danish
Not in a romantic relationship
Relationship length of less than 1 year
Not living together with the partner (not share housing)
Currently receiving psychological help (therapy/intervention)
Clear my responses

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