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Low-Vision: Will you know it when you see it?

Forum recap:

Low-Vision: Will you know it when you see it?

FriendshipWorks held a successful forum—Elder Low Vision: Will You Know It When You See It?, the result of a collaborative effort with New England College of Optometry, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The loss of vision, as with other sensory losses like hearing, taste, or smell, can diminish the quality of a person’s life, and precipitate or intensify social isolation. This Forum was designed to address these issues.

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Jamara educated the attendees about the definition of low vision, its prevalence among elders, and why forums like this are important to address the problem. Participants were given copies of FriendshipWorks’ Low Vision Resource Guide, offering referral information for providers serving low vision elders in Greater Boston. To increase the impact of the Forum and address the special needs of this group of elders, FriendshipWorks is now offering in-service workshops to elder care providers.

FriendshipWorks has partnered with Boston’s low vision experts to create a Low Vision Resource Guide. The guide is a tool for elder service providers to help you quickly access low vision resources and provide appropriate referrals for older adults. Download it here.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Christy Waybright at cwaybright@fw4elders.org.


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