“SENIOR IMPACT PROJECT - INDEPENDENCE AT ANY AGE” PROGRAM
Sacramento, CA, USA.
"This federally funded program provides free training in non-visual skills and alternative techniques for everyday activities, including dialing the telephone, managing medications, using appliances, managing money, cooking, and mobility. All services, including transportation to and from select programs, are free of charge."
The components of the "Senior Impact Project" program include a Senior Day Retreat run by certified instructors and blind mentors or In-Home training for low vision or blind seniors.
The Senior Day Retreat is an eight-day intensive training that includes classes in:
Cane Travel, Daily Living Skills, Introduction to Braille, and Introduction to Computers. Low vision or blind seniors receive individual attention from certified instructors and are coached by blind mentors. Seniors engage in discussion groups and seminars on blindness and activities in the community, acquire skills and interaction with other seniors with vision loss.
In-Home Training is available if a low vision or blind senior is unable to attend the senior day retreat for health or mobility reasons. After an assessment a skilled instructor makes an in-home visit to the senior’s home to teach skills and offers resources based on the seniors needs and goals.
Support groups provide seniors with resources and methods for coping with vision loss offering workshops and seminars on family support, organization, and more.
The Society for the Blind serves blind and visually impaired individuals throughout the Sacramento area and trains people who are blind or have low vision on Braille, life skills, computers and job skills. The mission of the Society for the Blind is to empower seniors and other individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training, tools and mentorship.
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