During Older Americans Month, Meet the Challenges of Aging with Vision Loss

How Can We Add More “Life” to Our Life? Science and medicine have added more years to our life, but how can we add more “life” to our years? Growing older is not just about loss and decline, it can bring new opportunities and adventures. We all want to age gracefully and maintain our independence, … Continued

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Take the Test!

Editor’s note: Audrey Demmitt, VisionAware peer advisor and R.N., reminds everyone of the risk of diabetes and what you should know. Could you be the one in three American adults who is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness among working age adults, and that’s why VisionAware is … Continued

Senior Center Without Walls: Opportunities for Connection and Community from Your Home

As you go through the holidays and start thinking about the new year, I am sure that, like everyone else, you are considering what’s ahead for you. Based on my own experiences this past year, I highly recommend that you consider involvement in the Senior Center Without Walls, as a volunteer and/or participant. Find out … Continued

Have Diabetes? Education, Guidance, and Support Are Essential

The American Diabetes Association celebrates American Diabetes Awareness every November and this year the theme is #This is Diabetes. The 2016 campaign seeks to showcase real-life stories of the 29 million Americans managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this public health concern. … Continued

The Bookshelf: The Challenge of Creating Blind Characters

Writers for centuries have created blind characters as literary devices, symbols, or simply for the challenge of it. Often they make these characters either extraordinary with special talents or helpless and tragic. In literature, the representation of blindness serves to illustrate cultural themes and values but rarely is it accurate or realistic. We end up … Continued

What Does It Take to Become a Guide Dog?

Guide dog schools everywhere are committed to the mission of producing, training, and matching skilled guide dogs with handlers who are visually impaired, to provide safe and independent mobility. The mission is multi-faceted and requires a huge investment of time, talent, and money. Transforming a little ball of fur into a responsible and disciplined working … Continued

Stay Active and Keep Your Sense of Adventure Alive at Hull Park

Editor’s note: It’s Active Aging Week. The theme this year is "Explore the possibilities." Audrey Demmitt explores a "new possibility" and writes about it in a post that is a great testimonial to the ways we can all keep active and explore our "sense of adventure." "The word recreation really is a very beautiful word. … Continued

The Bookshelf: Reading Books on Blindness and Learning About the Experiences of Others

Reading Books on Blindness Reading is still a pleasure I enjoy every day. The beauty of talking books is that I can multi-task as I listen to my latest selection on BARD. In fact, I can carry around my iPhone filled with downloaded books from my ambitious reading list and listen as I fold clothes, … Continued

Back to Nature with Vision Loss: Adventure Awaits You at Hull Park!

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle It is that time of year again when, like sleepy bears, we can emerge from our caves and enjoy the great outdoors. After vision loss, we tend to stay indoors and immobile, avoiding the discomforts of bright sun and unpredictable surroundings. Are … Continued