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My mother who is 90 has macular degeneration. She becomes frustrated with gadgets very quickly and is concerned about becoming blind. Are there any support groups in the valley. I have not been able to find any.

By Anonymous August 22, 2010 - 9:08am
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My daughter, my mom and I live together. We daughter and I have racked our brains to come up with everything we can think of to help mom be able to read. She will try for a while then becomes frustrated and quits. She is 90. I'm sure she is concerned that she is going to be completely blind. Is there a support group that we could attend? I haven't found one. Could we check out the school for the blind? I just don't know where to go from here. She is actually in very good health for 90 other then her eyes and hearing, and we have corrected both of them as much as we can.

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This is Maureen Duffy, Editorial Director of VisionAWARE.org, an online resource center for adults and older adults with vision loss. We have many resources that can help you in your quest.

Here is our Arizona resource listing: http://www.visionaware.org/AZ

We also provide good information about low vision and low vision devices for reading: http://www.visionaware.org/what_is_a_low_vision_examination

I hope this is helpful!

August 23, 2010 - 7:33am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to MaureenD)

Thank you Maureen, that is very helpful.

August 23, 2010 - 5:11pm
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First, your mother will never become completely blind from macular degeneration. The most important thing you can do for her is to educate her about the disease and how she can live well in spite of it. Please visit www.mdsupport.org for comprehensive resources and information.

August 23, 2010 - 7:30am
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Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and trying to search out resources for your Mother is a great idea. Hopefully the below information will be helpful to you in your search for others in your area.


The above link is a directory specifically for what you are seeking plus other great informational contacts. I hope this is helpful. Please let us know.

Good Luck!

August 22, 2010 - 10:16am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you very much. I haven't had time to check it out thoroughly, but just glancing through I was able to glean many simple things that could be put into practice immediately such as folding her money differently and figuring out a system for labeling the washer and dryer so that she can wash and dry her own clothes. These seem like small concerns, but they are very frustrating when you have been able to perform them simply all of your life and suddenly you can't do them because you can't see well enough. I appreciate very much your concern and taking the time to answer.

August 22, 2010 - 6:16pm
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