MARYLAND SENIOR DIVISION
Current Division President: Ruth Sager
Here is a small section of the information available for seniors found on the Maryland affiliate website. For more, visit the links below:
Helping Seniors Live the Life They Want
What is the Mission?
The Mission of the Seniors Issues Division (SID) of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is to help seniors maintain independence. Our goals are to provide information, support and encouragement to seniors who are losing vision. The SID of Maryland also helps seniors who have been blind or visually impaired for years obtain information and services as they transition to retirement and senior living. The SID conducts special seminars at the Annual Convention of the NFBMD and also holds special activities throughout the year.
SID will help you probe answers to such questions as: Will I still be able to enjoy my grandchildren?; How will vision loss affect my relationship with my spouse?; How will I manage if I live alone?; Can I still enjoy leisure and recreation activities?; What if I still want to keep working?
Adjusting to vision loss doesn't happen overnight. You can still live the life you want. SID is here to help. Contact Ruth Sager, President, at 410-602-9030.
What is Independence?
According to the National Federation of the Blind “Independence means choices, and the power to make those choices stick.” To explore this intriguing definition further read the Nature of Independence by Kenneth Jernigan by going to: https://nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/convent/addres93.htm or https://nfb.org/Images/nfb/Audio/BanqSpeech/The_Nature_of_Independence.mp3
The aging process is a series of transitions. Some transitions are liberating because they allow seniors the freedom to pursue hobbies and lifelong interests and dreams. Other transitions are more difficult. The best way to face transitions is head on. Denying that you are losing vision will not improve your eye sight or your quality of life. Asking for and accepting help will reduce your frustration and allow you to continue to manage your own affairs. Asking for and accepting help does not diminish independence if you keep our definition of independence in mind. The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland has many senior members who are leading full, active lives. We have experience and knowledge about how to deal with visual impairment, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Independence Comes From Within
Developing a positive attitude is essential for seniors who wish to maintain independence. Independence is not achievable unless one believes that he is capable of it. Coming to that belief may take time. The following articles will help you to get started on this journey. Jim Deremeik, a low vision specialist who is the Education and Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins Lions Low Vision Center offers thought-provoking insights on low vision. This Article, "NonVisual Techniques—An Asset for People With Low Vision" encourages people to investigate and learn all they can about nonvisual ways of performing everyday tasks. In his article "Am I Blind?" John Pare, a leader in the National Federation of the Blind, raises thought provoking questions and issues which everyone who is losing vision must face. Go to https://nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm05/bm0506/bm050610.htm
Join the Conversation
Senior Issues Division of the NFB of Maryland has planned monthly telephone conference calls geared to issues facing seniors. Conference calls will take place on the second Monday of the month starting at 10:00 am. They will last about one hour. Use the number below to dial in and then add the access code as directed. A moderator will facilitate each discussion. Conference Call Number: Dial 1-515-603-3166 - Access code: 759633pound
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