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HOW TO DISCUSS VISION LOSS WITH OTHERS

Friday, May 8, 2015 -- The Eastwyck Low Vision Support Group met this week and discussed how members deal with explaining to strangers, friends and loved ones about their vision loss. All agreed that often times this conversation can be challenging, recognizing that it is difficult to explain what they can see and cannot see. 

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For many people who lose their vision later in life, it can be a difficult adjustment. Each person’s vision loss is different. Although it may be difficult, it is important to remain active and engaged in favorite activities. Friends and family members can be supportive by helping their visually impaired loved ones remain engaged and search out helpful resources. Sometimes this change is an opportunity to explore new activities that might be meaningful.

Because many people with vision impairment do not “look” like they have low vision, others with good vision often times forget that their friend has vision difficulty or maybe they don’t even know. Often times many find it difficult to ask another for help when they need it. Attendees discussed how important it is to advocate for themselves; helping others understand what they can and cannot see and what can be helpful for them. Helping others understand their vision limitations can help promote independence, as well as help others be appropriately supportive. Most people want to be helpful if they know what is needed.

Here are some thoughtful considerations for people with good vision when interacting with someone who has low vision:

  • Identify yourself. Don’t assume that a visually impaired person will recognize your voice.
  • If you would like to assist someone who is visually impaired, always ask first. They will let you know if your help would be appreciated.
  • If your assistance would be appreciated in traveling, offer your arm to escort them. Do not hold hands or push. And never touch a guide dog or a white cane.
  • Use the clock face as a reference to give a person orientation to things around them, on their plate of food or items on a table
  • Avoid unnecessary touching. Touching a person who cannot see/see very well can be disconcerting. Always announce what you would like to do, such as shaking a hand or giving a hug.

The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany(NABA) facilitates the monthly meetings and is available to provide suggestions and instruction about being thoughtful when interacting with someone who is blind or visually impaired. www.naba-vision.org

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The meeting closed with agreement that the next meeting will be June 1st at 1 p.m. The group will not meet in July and August. The public is welcome to join the meetings.

For more information about the Eastwyck Low Vision Support Group, contact Cheryl Lawyer, NABA Outreach Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (518) 463-1211.

 

DON’T JUST HOPE FOR A CURE. HELP US FIND ONE.

Monday, May 4, 2015 -- The Alzheimer's Association is committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer's disease. We are the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. We connect with scientific, academic, government and industry thought-leaders and key stakeholders worldwide. We believe in the value of collaboration and are a catalyst toward the time when we will have disease-modifying treatments, preventive strategies and gold-standard care for all people affected by Alzheimer's disease.

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MAY IS AMERICAN STROKE MONTH: DO YOU KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS?

Monday, April 27, 2015 -- If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know the signs of stroke.

Only eight percent of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking Study could identify each letter in F.A.S.T., an acronym of the most common stroke warning signs.

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5 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER TODAY!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- It’s National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) and we want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our Eastwyck Village volunteers who support countless regional organizations every day.  Our residents choose to donate their time and skills because they want to remain active, help others, as well as share special skills that they possess.

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SPRINGTIME AND GETTING OUTSIDE WITH VISION LOSS

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 -- On April 2, Eastwyck’s Low Vision Support Group met and the topic for discussion was "Springtime and Getting Out”!  With the better weather approaching, we reviewed things to consider when walking outside with vision impairment.

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CHEFS' CORNER: GRILLED NAAN BREAD PIZZA

Thursday, April 2, 2015 -- Looking for a simple, fresh and healthy pizza -- one you can make at home in under 10 minutes? Chef Jim Rhoads of Chef’s Deli & More by Chef's Solutions, LLC will show you how to create a delicious grilled naan bread pizza.  He regularly hosts cooking classes at Eastwyck Village.

Ingredients: Grilled Naan Bread Pizza

-1 rosemary flavored naan bread or pita
-3 ounces fresh mozzarella
-3 plum tomatoes
-1 garlic clove
-1 tablespoon of fresh pesto

Heat grill pan until hot. Place bread in pan, grill on each side for about 2 minutes. Rub each side of the bread with the clove of garlic.

Thinly slice the tomatoes and place a thin layer on the bread, then place a layer of fresh mozzarella on top of the tomatoes. Drizzle with the fresh pesto

Place on cookie sheet or a baking stone and bake about 5-8 minutes in a 400° oven.

Watch video:

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ASTRONOMY FROM THE PATIO: APRIL 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 -- We start our look at April with a peek at some upcoming celestial events, and then I have another observing challenge for you!

To begin with, we have yet another eclipse coming up. This time it's of the lunar variety on Saturday, April 4th. But, before we get too carried away, you can only see it if you go west of the Mississippi River!

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WALK YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH!

Monday, March 23, 2015 -- More and more, we hear that sitting is the new smoking. National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 1, is a great day to quit the sitting habit – and improve your heart health at the same time.

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ALERT DAY! DO YOU KNOW YOUR RISK FOR DIABETES?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 -- This coming Tuesday (March 24) marks the 27th annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are urged to take the risk test, share it, and start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

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COOKING IN THE KITCHEN WITH VISION LOSS

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 -- On Tuesday, March 3, the Eastwyck Low Vision Support Group hosted a special presentation titled “Kitchen Safety with Aging Vision.” Certified vision rehabilitation therapist, Maureen Strainge of the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), presented common concerns for people with aging vision as they prepare meals and bake in the kitchen.

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