As we age one thing that is often affected is our vision. When you or someone you love are faced with the knowledge that nothing can be done to improve vision, learn what steps you can take to continue to stay independent and safe. Specialists from the Maine Division for the Blind and the Visually Impaired and The Iris Network will be at the YWCA MDI on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. to talk about your vision as you age. This talk is part of Age By Design, a series of programs co-sponsored by the YWCA, the Mount Desert Island YMCA, Island Connections and the Jesup Memorial Library.
Andrea Treadwell, an Independent Living Case Manager, and Sharisse Roberts, an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, both from the Division for the Blind and the Visually Impaired, and Susan Summers, a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, from The Iris Network, are the vision rehabilitations specialists who serve the MDI-area. They will be on hand to talk about eye health, common changes in vision that happen when you age and what can be done to help those effected by these changes to remain as independent and safe as possible. Each presenter will speak about the role they play for clients. For many Treadwell is the first point of contact and depending on what a person needs she will recommend them to Roberts or Summers. Roberts covers all aspects of safe travel, like using a white cane and accessing transportation as well as how to assist someone who has experienced vision loss. Summers teaches individuals how to adapt their everyday skills so they can remain safe and independent in their own home.
For more information on the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired visit www.maine.gov/rehab/dbvi/ and for more information on The Iris Network visit www.theiris.org. For more information on this event, contact the YWCA MDI at 288-5008.