A senior woman smiles while holding her cane.

Are You a Senior Struggling with Vision Loss?

The NFB Seniors Division is Here to Help

Accepting Change

As we age, so do our eyes, and this may result in vision loss. In fact, the majority of people who develop low vision or become legally blind are over 65. Of course, adapting to changes in your eyesight can be difficult and may lead to fear, frustration, and feelings of isolation and helplessness. Sometimes well intentioned friends and family members may even contribute to these negative feelings because they too believe we are unable to care for ourselves.

A New Attitude

Magnifiers, talking watches, and other types of low-vision aids (many available at the NFB Independence Market) can make life easier.We at the NFB Seniors Division believe vision loss need not restrict your life. Our experience is that with the correct training and encouragement, seniors with vision loss can, and do, continue to enjoy full and independent lives.

The secret lies in the AAA Aproach: Acceptance, Attitude, and Alternative techniques. By learning to use some alternative techniques that employ senses of touch or hearing rather than sight, low-vision seniors continue to do almost everything they wish.

Adopting Alternative Techniques

Thankfully, many of these clever alternatives are relatively easy to learn. Blind and low-vision seniors everywhere are successfully using practical nonvisual techniques to manage everyday life to retain and regain their independence.

You can:

  • find alternatives to driving
  • cook and clean
  • write letters
  • continue favorite hobbies
  • shop in stores and online
  • dial the telephone
  • use computers
  • read daily newspapers
  • organize and identify money
  • recruit and work with readers
  • travel for pleasure
  • get around safely and confidently
  • stay involved in your community

Arthur insists that there is life after vision loss if you learn the AAA Approach.Next Steps: Make the most of our NFB resources

Many are free of charge!

  • Reach out to one of your peers in the NFB Seniors Division
  • Subscribe to NFB-NEWSLINE®, and read the newspaper again
  • Join a local NFB chapter, and meet other low-vision seniors
  • Attend an NFB resource fair for seniors in your area
  • Register with your state's library for the blind and physically handicapped and get large print and recorded books
  • Locate a low-vision specialist in your area, and learn about additional services in your community
  • Visit an assistive technology center to learn how to use a computer
  • Join the NFB Seniors Division e-mail list to receive the "Blind Senior Perspective" Newsletter and network with other low-vision seniors
  • Read our free NFB motivational literature about using alternative techniques
  • Obtain practical low-vision aids from the NFB's Independence Market or other sources

Barbara, who is totally blind, bakes another batch of hot cross buns for her grandkids.

Learn more by contacting:

The National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division
200 East Wells Street
      at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
E-mail: nfb@nfb.org

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