VisionAware Brings in the New Year with Buckets of Info and Resolutions

Confetti on silver background with the following copy: Start the New Year with a cheer! Let us join the world's procession marching towards a glad tomorrow. - Helen Keller, 1921

Resolutions and Buckets

Read what the VisionAware peer advisors have to say about setting goals and filling their bucket lists. What is a bucket list? It’s simply a list of things you want to do before your life is over. You will want to read this interesting post as peer advisors share their lists and their progress.

More Ideas for Taking Charge of Your Life in the New Year

Taking a Trip
Audrey Demmitt tells us about her experiences with Megabus.

Getting Fit
Find out how Bob Hartt and wife Bonnie O’Day started their own tandem bike club!

Trying Out a New Piece of Technology
Check out all of AFB’s new primers--including entertainment, shopping, social media, reading, managing prescriptions, etc.

Learning Braille
New peer advisor Sheila Rousey tells readers about the new changes in the braille code with the Unified English Braille Code. You may think these changes don’t apply to you. But Deanna Noriega reminds us just how important learning at least some braille is to everyday life. Enjoy and learn from her post on Survival Braille.

Handling Depression
The holidays are over, but with the country enveloped in a blizzard of snow storms, depression is sometimes hard to avoid. Read Audrey’s timely suggestions and check out Maureen Duffy’s post on stepped care for coping with age-related vison loss, depression, and anxiety.

Becoming an Advocate
VisionAware laments the lack of White House Conference on Aging Report’s attention to issues related to older persons with vision loss.

Older Workers Survey

Update: May, 2016
This survey is now closed. Here is the link to the results.

We are conducting this survey of people who are blind or visually impaired, who experienced vision loss at age 55 or older, and who continued to work or returned to work after vision loss. The criteria for taking the survey are as follows:
(1) You experienced vision loss that started when you were age 55 or older and
(2) You continued to work or returned to work after experiencing vision loss (even if you are retired now).

If the answer to both criteria is YES, please take this 22 question survey. We will enter your name in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card if you participate and share your contact information with us.

New on the Eye Medical Horizon

Maureen Duffy provides exciting new updates:

Glaucoma Awareness Month

National Mentoring Month

“Mentees from all over are encouraged to reach out and honor the individuals who have guided them."
(Ashley Sodosky, Career Connect)

A big thank you to our VisionAware peer advisors and their awesome work for VisionAware. Be sure to read their posts at Visually Impaired: Now What!

Valentine’s Day Is Close on the Horizon!

Need recommendations for Valentine gifts? Check out these gift ideas.

As you can see VisionAware is the place to come in 2016 for new and exciting information! Low Vision Awareness Month is right around the corner.

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