Plaquenil and Your Eyes

Recently the APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line received questions about the effects of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) on your eyes. This is of particular interest during the pandemic as Plaquenil has been discussed as a possible treatment for COVID-19. It was approved by the FDA for a short time as an emergency treatment for the virus at the beginning of the pandemic, until … Continued

How VisionAware Can Help People New to Vision Loss

Editor’s note: Several VisionAware peer advisors share their personal perspectives on getting started with vision loss. They encourage you to watch our new video about VisionAware and the resources that the site provides to people with vision loss, family members, and professionals. Also be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide, which provides excellent tips for living with vison loss.  Lenore Dillon  When I became a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) … Continued

September Is Fall Prevention Month

This month VisionAware is offering a special fall prevention webinar on September 14 at 2:30 p.m. eastern.  Presenters will provide an overview of fall prevention programs with detail about the Matter of Balance program, including its adaptation for people with low vision.  Falls Free Initiative  The National Council on Aging has raised the alarm about falls through their Falls Free® Initiative, a national … Continued

COVID and You—Keeping Up Supplies, Getting Transportation, and Other Necessities

Now that the Delta variant has arrived, it is time to think about keeping up with the supplies that we need to keep a household going while staying safe.  Being aware of how to take care of your shopping and health and safety needs in a pandemic or other crisis is a critical skill. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who are blind … Continued

September is Senior Center Month

This past year has been a real test for senior centers. In honor of Senior Center month, the National Council on Aging salutes their work saying “you transformed your centers to virtual classrooms overnight and, in so doing, provided continued means of social engagement and activity during bleak times, turning the table on ageist stereotypes about older adults and technology use. You provided … Continued

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu– My Preferred Martial Art for Self Defense

by Marana Vradenburg, VisionAware Peer Advisor Several years ago, I was walking home from the gym thinking about where I wanted to take my fitness journey. At the time, I was following a bodybuilding type program, and although I was getting stronger and improving my physique, I was feeling that it wasn’t very functional for me. I had been considering trying CrossFit since it seemed new and challenging but wasn’t sure. A staff member at … Continued

New to Vision Loss and Feeling Overwhelmed—Post Two in Getting Started Series

By Sharon Hughey, ConnectCenter I&R Specialist Sometimes, when I’m overwhelmed or confused, I like to stop and ask myself these four questions:  What do I think? What do I feel?  What do I need? What do I want?  Once I know the answers to these questions, I am in a better position to ask for assistance from the people … Continued

Lighting Your Way to Better Vision: A Great New Resource for Understanding and Choosing Appropriate Lighting

As we have noted on VisionAware, good lighting is critical for people with low vision as well as people who have normal age-related vision changes.  Lighting and glare affect all aspects of life including reading, getting around, fall prevention, driving, watching television, to name just a few. Thus, VisionAware is pleased to introduce you to a new 18-page booklet entitled Lighting Your Way to Better Vision, published by the … Continued