The Barrington Area Council on Aging gave insight into vision loss at their annual awareness luncheon.
The BACOA annual awareness luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017. The luncheon is just one of many events the organization hosts to help the community understand the many challenges encountered with aging.
Before the program, Executive Director Joyce Palmquist, Board & Awareness Committee member Meg Pierce and Barrington Community Church Pastor Zina Jacque performed a skit highlighting the program 'Powerful Tools for Caregivers'. Zina took on the role of someone whose spouse is suffering from dementia and wakes up in the middle of the night not recognizing them and wanting to throw them out of the house. Joyce played a friend giving unhelpful and possibly hurtful responses to her friend Zina, while Meg shared how to be appropriately supportive. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a very popular program offered several times throughout the year and helps caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance their life, and enhance their ability to make tough decisions and to locate helpful resources.
Guest speaker Jeff Flodin was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. He writes a humorous and informative blog, Jalapeños in the Oatmeal. The blog shares real stories he and others he connects with, have experienced with sight loss. Jeff shares how attitude and willingness to go beyond being a victim can help people adjust to their changes in ability.
Guests enjoyed experiencing what different sight loss would be like by trying on glasses, with many varieties of vision challenges, at each table.
The Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) provides programs and services that help older adults and their families maintain a quality of life that matches their needs, their wants and their abilities. Most Council on Aging services are free or on a sliding-fee scale, based on the senior’s financial status. No one is ever refused service because of an inability to pay. Learn more about the BACOA here