Healthy Vision Month-A Family Focus

This year, National Eye Institute’s Healthy Vision Month’s goal is to encourage and equip families to protect their vision together! Their aim is to highlight their Spanish content to support Spanish-speaking Hispanic/Latino families and caregivers. Spanish/English Materials The National Eye Institute (NEI) created campaign materials using a Spanish-first approach, meaning the information is written first … Continued

Vision Changes and Your Mental Health

by Amanda Bernath May is here! And while many around the country mark the month with buzz about the end of the school year, it also holds significance as a month we take the time to address a topic that deeply impacts the lives of millions of people around the country (and world) – Mental … Continued

Managing Depression During the Holidays and Beyond

Editor’s note: With the holidays approaching, Audrey Demmitt, R.N., and VisionAware peer, discusses managing depression during the holidays. In her post, she provides excellent tips for coping and information about treatment. The holiday season is tough on those who are struggling with depression, anxiety and stress. Let’s face it–for many of us the family gatherings, … Continued

Social Isolation and Loneliness: Major Risks Factors for Older People

Social isolation and loneliness are major concerns for older people in general but have particular significance for older people who are blind or low vision, as detailed in a recent article on VisionAware. What Do We Mean by Social Isolation and Loneliness? Social isolation has two components: physical and social. It occurs when people are … Continued

Accessible Devices for Managing Medications with Low or No Vision

by Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES Editor’s note: Please join us for our upcoming webinar on Resources for Managing Medications with Low or No Vision, January 19, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. eastern. Please register. ACVREP credit will be offered.   Effectively Managing Medications If you have a chronic disease, like diabetes, effectively managing … Continued

How Healthcare Workers Can Support People with Vision Loss

by Melanie Peskoe, VisionAware Peer Advisor My Experience with Healthcare A few times in my life when I’ve visited a healthcare facility or doctor’s office, I’ve been met with a less-than-ideal reception. It might start with the person at the front desk who asks me if I have someone with me to help. Sometimes I have someone with me … Continued