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 think they must give up activities or even their home when faced with low vision.
The ACL was created with the underlying principle that, “older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.” (Home Page | ACL Administration for Community Living, 2019). Older individuals may be eligible for many OAA services such as transportation or meals on wheels that can help them remain at home.
VisionAware’s mission of “Independent living with vision loss” aligns perfectly with this principle. In honor of Older Americans Month, we are rolling out a new section for professionals who interact with, or serve, people adjusting to low vision or blindness.
Resources for Professionals
The professionals section features tip sheets for helping people who are adjusting to vision changes, blindness, or may have other disabilities. Some example tip sheets include;
The professional section also highlights important topics related to aging and vision loss, including current policy and advocacy initiatives of the Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition, (AAVLNC). Leaders of national, state, local, private, and public agencies, with the goal of advocating for equal access and quality of life for older Americans with vision loss, serve on the coalition. Some of the articles you will find highlighting AVLNC’s work include:
Aging in Place
Too often when vision loss occurs, older people think they must give up activities they enjoy and move from their own homes to live with others.
VisionAware, part of the APH ConnectCenter, offers life-changing resources and information. We encourage independence by connecting people to needed vision rehabilitation and social services, empowering them to take back their lives.
In addition to the new professional section, VisionAware provides suggestions for aging in place and provides concrete information on making one’s home accessible and easy to navigate.
Learn more about aging in place by visiting the following links.
Follow #OlderAmericansMonth on social media for the latest from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
Administration for Community Living. (2019 January, 11). Advancing independence, integration, and inclusion throughout life. https://acl.gov/