October 7: Ageism Awareness Day

The American Society on Aging is promoting this day to help reframe how we talk about aging and older people in a society where ageism is pervasive. Modeled after the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons celebrated on Oct. 1, Ageism Awareness Day provides an opportunity to draw attention to the existence and impact of ageism … Continued

What to do When You Meet a Person with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

For Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness week, celebrated June 26-July 2, APH VisionAware is highlighting information on combined hearing and vision loss. To provide perspective on the magnitude of combined hearing and vision loss in this country, recent studies report that people who are blind or low vision are twice as likely to be deaf or … Continued

The Social Determinants of Health and Older Americans Month 

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are a heavy topic for a blog post. So why write about them? It’s Older Americans month and it is important for people to understand the major factors that shape their lives and affect them as they grow older.  This post will discuss how these factors intersect with losing vision … Continued

Age My Way: Celebrate Older Americans Month in May

The Administration on Community Living (ACL), who administers the Older Americans Act (OAA),recently announced the theme for Older Americans Month (May 2022) is Age My Way. The theme epitomizes ways older adults can remain in and stay involved with their communities. This theme is especially relevant for older people adjusting to vision changes, who often … Continued

National Mentoring Day—Celebrating the Contributions of VisionAware Peers

National Mentoring Day was launched, “to recognize and celebrate the benefits of mentoring and takes place on October 27th each year with a key focus on recognizing excellence and raising awareness on the significant benefits of mentoring to encourage more people to get involved in mentoring.”   Taking place on the 27th October each year, the day encourages events to take place throughout the World, … Continued

World Sight Day: The Eyes and COVID

World Sight Day is held annually to focus global attention on vision impairment, including blindness. In 2021, World Sight Day is October 14th and the theme is “Love Your Eyes.”  The International Agency for Prevention of Blindness wants everyone to make a pledge to protect their vision such as getting a comprehensive eye exam.  Since COVID is at the forefront of everyone’s minds … Continued

Low Vision and White Canes

Editor’s note: October 15 is White Cane Safety Day, so this month is a good time to talk about what you need to know about white canes and how useful they are when you are blind or visually impaired. This post is the third in our series on white cane awareness.  To find out about the history of the … Continued

October 1 – The International Day of Older Persons

In 1991, the United Nations (UN) adopted October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  According to the UN’s webpage on international observances, “By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues…International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources … Continued

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