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NOVEMBER IS FAMILY CAREGIVER MONTH

Monday, Nov. 17 -- In 2013, Americans provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, a contribution to the nation valued at $220.2 billion. This is approximately half the net value of Wal-Mart sales in 2012 and nearly eight times the total revenue of MacDonald’s in 20121. During the month of November we honor all family caregivers, especially those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

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LOW VISION HEALTH INFORMATION DAY SET FOR 11/14 AT EAST GREENBUSH LIBRARY

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 -- "Vision Health Information Day” will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the East Greenbush Public Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Co-sponsored by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), the purpose of the event is to educate the community about the latest research in and treatment of eye diseases, including the leading causes of vision loss in older Americans, as well as adaptive aids, technologies and services available to people with low vision.

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11/3 LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP RECAP

Friday, November 7, 2014  -- The Eastwyck Low Vision Support Group met on Nov. 3 and, once again, a lively discussion ensued.   With about a dozen attendees, Northeast Association for the Blind (NABA) social worker and group facilitator Ann Gallagher-Sagaas began the meeting by demonstrating an electronic color identifier, a handy device for people with low vision.  No more mixing up blue and black socks!  When the portable device is held up to an item, an electronic voice speaks the color.  It wasn’t always accurate, but it was pretty good.  The color identifier was part of a larger discussion on the importance of being organized when living with vision loss. 

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AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE MERRITTS

Monday, October 20, 2014 -- Nancy and Norman Merritt, residents of Eastwyck Village, have traveled to more than 34 countries in their retirement including Cuba, Russia, Tunisia, Peru, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Israel, South Africa, Zambia, Nambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, England, Iceland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malta, England, Equador, Panama, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland and Serbia. 

This vivacious couple embodies the active lifestyle promoted at Eastwyck Village and the senior living community provides a home for them to hang their hats after they‘ve traveled the globe.

The following is a small sampling of their adventures abroad:

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LEGACY MATTERS: It’s All About Grace, Dignity and Respect

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 -- None of us like to think of it, let alone plan for it, but we are all mortals and this “adventure” will ultimately end at some point in time.  

One of the aspects of dying is the idea of our legacy. That is, how do we honor and remember those we love after they die? And what memories and “lessons” are left behind? 

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ANNUAL LOW VISION TECHNOLOGY FAIR SHOWCASES PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO HELP THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Monday, September 29, 2014 —The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will host its sixth annual “Low Vision Technology Fair” on October 15, 2014 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The fair is free to the public. People with vision impairment as well as family members, caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend. 

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DOWNSIZING THE EPICENTER

Monday, September 23, 2014 — A home is the central hub for everyone’s life.  Not only is it four walls, but every nook and cranny holds its own special memories, especially if you have if you raised children there.  Over time, however, this epicenter — once you factor in decades of mortgage payments, repairs, renovations, and sweat equity invested in the property — can become a real headache.

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