Sunday, March 29, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Lost: Catahoula mix, 4-year-old male, answers to Ribbit, CR 232 and FM 537, Floresville area, friendly but shy, no collar. loraggeorge@gmail.com. 

VideoLost 2 Dogs: One is Blk/White Australian Shepherd (Lilly), 2nd is yellow/orange Lab Mix with amber colored eyes (on skinny side -Whisky). Beloved Family Pets. Reward! Call 830-393-4660
FOUND SHEEP,black. on CR 427 & Hwy 123 Pls call to claim 210-862-1220
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Full Charge Bookkeeper Position - for local La Vernia company. Accounts payables/receivables. Process cash receipts. Monthly bank reconciliations, general journal entries and financial reports. Knowledge of Peachtree/Sage 50 and previous experience in a wholesale bakery environment preferred. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word required as well as GAAP. Apply in person at 1371 FM 1346, LaVernia.
The City of Falls City is taking applications for the City Clerk position. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, have experience with QuickBooks and Microsoft Word and Excel. This is a part time job of thirty hours a week. Salary is negotiable. Applications are available at City Hall located at 208 N. Irvin, Falls City, Texas. All applications are kept on file for two years. The City of Falls City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Savvy Senior


Resources to help with low vision




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
Jim Miller is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
Jim Miller
American Profile
August 22, 2012 | 1,359 views | Post a comment

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help seniors with incurable vision impairment? My wife has macular degeneration and has become very discouraged.

Looking for Help

Dear Looking,

Unfortunately, there are nearly 2 million Americans, like your wife, living with macular degeneration today, making everyday tasks like cooking dinner, reading the newspaper, or watching television extremely challenging. Here are some resources that can help.

Vision Rehabilitation

The best place to get help living and coping with macular degeneration is at a vision rehabilitation agency. Typically run by state or nonprofit organizations, there are around 1,500 of these agencies scattered across the country that provide free or low-cost services to help seniors and their families who are living with all types of incurable vision impairments.

While vision rehabilitation does not restore lost sight, it does help people maximize their existing sight, or, if they have no vision, it can equip them with techniques and tools to help them maintain an independent lifestyle.

Services include counseling, along with training on how to perform daily living tasks with low vision, and how to use visual and adaptive devices and assistive technologies that can help improve quality of life.

They also offer guidance for adapting your home to make it safer and easier for your wife to maneuver, and can help her locate low-vision support groups in your area, which are very helpful. Some agencies will even send their specialist out to work with her in the comfort of your own home.

To find a vision rehabilitation agency in your area, call the American Foundation for the Blind referral line at 1-800-232-5463.

If, however, you don’t live near a vision rehabilitation agency, you can also get help from an occupational therapist, or OT, who can provide low-vision training in your home. Ask your ophthalmologist or doctor for a referral to an OT in your area. Your Area Agency on Aging (call 1-800-677-1116 for contact information) can also help you find nearby therapists. Many health-insurance providers, including Medicare, will pay for low-vision training by an OT if prescribed by your eye doctor or health-care provider.

Online Help

Another convenient place to find help for your wife is online at a terrific new website called VisionAware (visionaware.org). Created by the American Foundation for the Blind and the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, this site provides free information on eye conditions, along with dozens of practical tips and instructional videos on living with vision loss, including concepts for adapting your home to make it easier to navigate, techniques for traveling safely outside the home, and various tips on how to manage things like finances, medications, and other tasks like cooking, cleaning, grooming, reading, writing, and more.

It also offers a comprehensive list of low-vision products and technologies that can help your wife stay active and independent, including product reviews that are published in their online magazine called “AccessWorld.”

Other Resources

Two other good resources that can help you and your wife are the Ears for Eyes program and the MD Support website.

Ears for Eyes (earsforeyes.info, 1-800-843-6816) is a nonprofit public charity that provides free audio lessons on cassette tapes, CDs, and Internet downloads that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision-impaired and their caregivers.

And mdsupport.org, a public service website for seniors living with macular degeneration, provides information and links to support groups across the country, and links to low-vision products, services, and other resources that can help with many different needs.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org.
 
‹ Previous Blog Entry
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Savvy Senior Archives


Resource Links savvy senior
Savvy Senior blog bio side
Allstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch homeVoncille Bielefeld homeChester WilsonSacred Heart School

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.