Eyes opened to vision solutions
On Saturday, July 15 more than 90 members attended the annual celebration birthday lunch, which was held at the Rovers Football Club.
Everyone received a raffle ticket on entry and there were six door prizes.
John Rodan, Eva Wickerson, Shirley Bentley, Jean Steer, Ian Mansfield and Lina Mittoni received prizes from the social committee’s Val Brown.
All agreed the baked dinner and sticky date pudding was excellent.
A thank you speech was given by president Lina Mittoni.
A leaflet was prepared by secretary Jenny Port, outlining some of the past and present members’ profiles including Edna Freeman, Greta Ashton and Dave Thomas (deceased), who show that seniors have in the past and present, contributed a lot to the City of Geraldton.
Thanks to the social committee and helpers who made the celebration so enjoyable.
The July meeting was opened by Mrs Mittoni. Fifty-nine members were present and enjoyed an excellent lunch of roast chicken, rice and vegetables, with trifle for dessert. Six new members were accepted during the last month.
June and Roger Johnson, of Dongara, were warmly welcomed at a meeting for the first time.
Guest speaker for the day was Eliza Thomas, from Visability, formerly known as the Association for the Blind, who spoke on the importance of maintaining healthy eyes. Ms Thomas is available two days a week in Geraldton as an occupational therapist.
Her services help to keep people active and independent as much as possible.
Ms Thomas presented a very interactive talk, handing out various goggles showing the impact of various eye diseases and how people have to cope.
The most common eye problems are age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Vision loss may not be able to be regained, but there is help to maintain a good lifestyle.
If vision loss cannot be improved by glasses, phone Visability on 1800 847 466.
You will be asked a few questions on the phone and you may be able to provide information from your optometrist or opthalmologist to help with an assessment.
Then you will be referred to Ms Thomas for support to carry out daily tasks like using a microwave, phone and clocks that talk.
You need bigger, bolder, brighter and organised support.
Filling a cup can be possible with a beep sound when it is at a safe level. There are various technologies these days that can help.
There are lots of devices out there to match up to people’s needs.
Talking books are available from the library using cartridges in a specific player.
Several members chatted with Ms Thomas at the end of the session and were given advice and various pamphlets. Thanks, Ms Thomas, for showing there is a friendly face at Visability to help our seniors.
We are sorry to learn of seniors who have been unwell and wish them a speedy recovery. Our condolences to those members who have lost a loved one recently.
John Rodan, Eva Wickerson, Shirley Bentley, Jean Steer, Ian Mansfield, Lina Mittoni and Val Brown after the presentation of door prizes.
Guest speaker Eliza Thomas, from Visability, speaks to Gail Delacey and June Boyer.
Neil and Lynette Blackmore