May–A Trifecta Month! Mother's Day, Healthy Vision, and Older Americans Month

Age Out Loud logo for older americans month

It’s time to step up! This year’s theme is Age Out Loud! So here’s your chance:

  1. Get involved in the American Foundation for the Blind 21st Century National Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss.

  2. Attend the National Agenda town hall meetings held by teleconference. The next teleconference is on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. The topic is "Hot Topics in Blindness-Related Vocational Rehabilitation and Aging Policy and Practice." The speakers are Former RSA Commissioner, Janet LaBreck, and Mike Hall and Alyson Lewis from Madison Associates, LLC, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., that specializes in appropriations and budget issues. The call-in information is as follows: 1-866-939-3921 code: 44731081#.

  3. Find out about H.R. 2050, a bill filed for coverage of low vision devices by Medicare.

  4. Heed Audrey Demmitt’s recommendations for successfully managing aging and vision loss.

Become an advocate, seek vision rehabilitation services, stay physically active, nurture your creative self, avoid isolation and loneliness, reinvent yourself in retirement, recognize depression, and get treatment.

Healthy Vision Month

audrey sitting in exam chair

As Maureen Duffy reports on the VisionAware blog: "May Is Healthy Vision Month, a national eye health observance established by the National Eye Institute (NEI) in May 2003. This year, NEI is encouraging women to make eye health a priority and has designated four women as ambassadors—including VisionAware's Audrey Demmitt, R.N.—who share their experiences with eye health and their tips on ways to make eye health a priority."

Read Audrey's story on the Healthy Vision Month Ambassadors page. Her message: "Take time to care for your eyes. Prevention through healthy living is key. Stay on top of vision problems and see an eye care professional regularly."

Mother’s Day Is Right Around the Corner

Esther and her daughter Gwen, laughing

Take time this year and reflect on your Mother’s Day experiences. Read Lynda Jones’s post, "The Fun and Joy of Motherhood As a Visually Impaired Mom" from the Laughter Is Often the Best Medicine Series and Linda Fugate’s post, "The Rewards of Grandparenting with Vision Loss."

For gift ideas, check out the VisionAware Gift Guide.

Continuing to Improve the VisionAware Website

Maureen Duffy, VisionAware blogger and editor, has been updating some of VisionAware’s most popular pages by integrating related material written by our peer advisors. Here are a few samples of what she has done:

Spotlight on April Articles You May Have Missed

And the Winner Is!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our 2017 survey. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Kindle Fire HD is Kim Brown from Wapello, Iowa. Kim retired last spring as a teacher of the visually impaired. Since her retirement, she has been traveling and exploring. She has two children and three grandsons. Kim reports that she has "referred some older adults who are experiencing vision loss (to VisionAware). Your many resources are helpful to all." Congratulations, Kim. Your kindle is in the mail!

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