courtesy of Jenny Hoang of the Friday Art Group)
The Senior Center offers this social and
resource group for people with low vision. They
meet in Robey Room C, bring a bag lunch, and talk
over their shared interests.
Meeting Time is the first and third Tuesday
from 12 Noon to 1:00 PM.
For more information, contact Suzanne Burch at
295-1050. She works in association with Dr.
Stephen Record at Vision Solutions LLC.
Tips from a friend:(excerpt from the Low Vision Information
Center News Letter Spring 2003)
assisting a relative or friend who has low vision:
to do as much as I can, even if it takes
longer to accomplish a given task. Ill
let you know if help is required but let
me take the lead in determining the
amount of assistance needed. Id
rather take more time and remain
independent than have you do everything
specific directions. Rather than the
book is over there, say the
book is on the far right side of the
coffee table. Push chairs under
tables and keep cabinet and closet doors
assume a specific task is impossible
because I have a vision impairment. Most
activities can be pursued using
appropriate low vision aids and adaptive
that it makes complete sense that someone
with low vision can have trouble
recognizing even familiar faces yet still
notice a speck of dirt on the kitchen
take my arm to guide me around; instead
allow me to hold your arm just above the
elbow. Alert me to obstacles such as
stairs, doors, curbs, or thresholds. And
dont forget to let me set the pace.
the sweetest sentences you can say to me
is, I have some extra time this
week. What can I help you with?
back where you find them. I often locate
objects like canned goods by remembering
their exact location; i.e. chicken noodle
soup is on the right; clam chowder is on
with me. A sense of humor makes
everything easier, and I havent
lost mine, even if I have lost some of my
vision. Communicate often and openly. (Obvious
but often overlooked.
(Located in Bethesda, Maryland,
the non-profit Low Vision Information
Center helps people with low vision
maximize their remaining sight.
Strategies for coping with low vision,
along with other essential information,
can be found on www.lowvisioninfo.org.
sincerely thank Ms Amy Gabala, Exe.
Director of the Low Vision Information
Center for her exceptionally helpful and