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The GRAPEvine: January 2010


January Breakfast Meeting

At the January 20th breakfast meeting Silvia Sorensen, Ph.D., presented on the topic “Emotional Aspects of Vision Loss in Later Life.” She first gave overviews of the anatomy of the eye and the main causes of vision loss in the elderly. She spoke in more depth about the physical and emotional effects of vision loss. Then she discussed vision rehabilitation and how learning techniques to function within the home and outside of the home can be very helpful, even when there is no medical cure for one’s vision loss. Silvia also described a five-year, Macular Degeneration study that compared two educational program approaches, and she shared results from this study. She enumerated behaviors that can preserve one’s vision. If you would like a copy of this powerpoint presentation, please contact the G.R.A.P.E. office at 256-4351.

Adam Fabrizi, Chair of Program Committee and Sylvia Sorensen, PH.D., presenter

January Luncheon Meeting

Nancy Rivers of The Gables, host and sponsor. Barbara Bruce, presenter.

Barbara Bruce began by sharing facts about the delicate yet highly complex human brain. She indicated that your brain is “what you have,” but your mind is “what your brain does.” She explained that this organ continues to grow and change, depending upon the use and stimulation it receives. Luckily, it’s never too late to affect change! The main body of her presentation dealt with ten ways to enhance brain fitness. She gave specific, practical examples of brain-stimulating behaviors while she discussed these major points. Throughout her presentation she engaged the audience, and it was fun!


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