Unfortunately, falls among older people are common, but they don’t have to be a normal part of aging.
Falls can be the result of tripping over objects, falling from stools or ladders, or losing your balance, possibly due to vision or hearing problems, or because of the side effects from some medications.
Click on this link for a free quiz to assess your risk for a fall: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/
You have the option to sign up for a free report and follow-up after you take the quiz.
Regular exercise can help reduce your risk for a fall. The National Institute on Aging has a helpful web site on exercise and physical activity: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity
It is advisable to consult with your doctor before you begin an exercise routine.
September is Emergency Preparedness month, but being ready for a disaster is a year-round necessity.
Whether it’s a pandemic, fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster, this national website can help you make a plan to protect your home, family, and business.
The Ready.gov site includes a section for people with disabilities: https://www.ready.gov/disability
You can also download the FEMA app to your Apple or Android mobile device. Content within the app is available in English and in Spanish.
Braille calendars are available for free from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. If you are a member of the Talking Book Program, staff can order calendars for you. Leave us a message with your name, mailing address, and how many calendars you are requesting. Each patron may order up to three calendars per year.
If you are a not a Talking Book Program patron, you can call the Action Fund at 410-659-9315 and select option 2, or send an e-mail to CommunityRelations@actionfund.org
Other organizations provide large print calendars. Most of them are not free. For a list of sources, contact the Talking Book Program: email@example.com, toll free in Texas: 800-252-9605, or locally 512-463-5458.
Join a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm central time to learn more about the National Federation of the Blind’s Newsline service.
Newsline allows you to access participating newspapers and magazines by audio if you have a print disability. You can listen by landline, by mobile phone, and even through Alexa.
If you are a Talking Book Program patron, we can sign you up for this service. Newsline is free. To request registration, email TBP at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.
Here is the link to access the Zoom meeting on Thursday night: https://zoom.us/j/94278650088
Here is the link for the Newsline service: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline
The Hadley Institute for the Blind offers free classes and discussions by phone, by correspondence, and online for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Follow this link to listen to the audio or read the transcript of an interview with Dan Roberts, author of The First Year-Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed and founder of MDSupport website and support group: https://hadley.edu/HadleyPresents/episode.asp?episode=From_Diagnosis_to_Support&utm_source=Hadley+Presents&utm_campaign=075819e2f3-hadleypresents-ep14-hp_3-6-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6312574b23-075819e2f3-52380393&mc_cid=075819e2f3&mc_eid=3549f96d2c
Hadley has also released a podcast that discusses resources for people with visual impairments during the current pandemic.
You can listen to the podcast here: https://hadley.edu/hadleypresents/episode.asp?episode=COVID_19_and_vision_loss&utm_source=Hadley+Presents&utm_campaign=e537d5546e-hadleypresents-ep16-hp_3-27-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6312574b23-e537d5546e-52380393&mc_cid=e537d5546e&mc_eid=3549f96d2c