Eyes opened to vi­sion solutions

Midwest Times - - SENIORS - Jan Wen­nekes Jan Wen­nekes is a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Ger­ald­ton and Dis­tricts Se­niors Ac­tion Group.

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.

Pic­tures: Sup­plied

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

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