National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

Live the life you want! Changing what it means to be blind!

FOCUS on Seniors

Are you over age 50? Are you blind or starting to lose your vision and wondering how other people like you handle problems you have not had to worry about in the past? If so, you are not alone. All over Alabama there are people like you.

The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is with you! We want to open lines of communication throughout the state to help each other find some solutions that really work so we can live the lives we want. Some top concerns for all seniors are:

o   Personal safety

o   Maintaining good health

o   Financial security

o   Becoming or staying independent

o   Access to the community of your choice

o   Inclusion in the community of your choice (family, worship setting, community events, voting process….to name a few)

We who have lost or are losing vision have a few more concerns specific to us, too. See if you want help with any of the following challenges or can offer help to other seniors with any of them:

o   Overcoming isolation and misunderstanding

o   Maintaining a positive attitude about your condition

o   Finding good training for

o    using a cane or guide dog for travel

o   reading and writing Braille

o   using high tech devices like a computer or cell phone

o   keeping your home safe and organized

o   gaining and keeping a job

o   understanding services offered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

o   finding affordable resources for getting a computer or cell phone

o   learning about how NFB can help you

o   learning about how you can help other blind people through supporting the NFB

 

As you read these checklists, consider the ones that matter to you. If you check even one of them, your NFB affiliate is with you! We seniors all have at least ONE check. We want to help each other with becoming empowered to increase our personal freedom to live the lives we want.


Election of Officers Held

The NFB of Alabama Seniors Division met on May 18 at 7 PM by chat line call. Twelve members and one guest were present. Elections were held, with the following results: Carol Braithwaite (Magic City Chapter), president; Sue Povinelli (Rocket City Chapter), vice-president; Vivian Hawkins (Magic City Chapter), secretary; Larscene Turk (Magic City Chapter), treasurer; Brenda Houston (Southwest Alabama Chapter), board member. 


The next meeting will be held by phone on June 8 at 7 PM. The number to call is 712.432.5924. Dial 1 for the live chat room and then 33# to get into the room. Announce your name, please, as soon as you enter.If you have questions or suggestions for the agenda, call Carol Braithwaite at 205.903.8520.

Agenda for Upcoming Meeting on June 8 Ruth Sager, president of the Seniors Division of the National Federation of the Blind, will be on the call to inform callers of what is happening among NFB seniors at the national level. She will talk about activities that will be happening at the NFB National Convention in July and also about the NFB Seniors Retreat planned for October 8-14 in the mountains of South Carolina. Judy Sanders, president of the Seniors Division of Minnesota, will also be on the call. She will give callers an overview of how their division got rolling in Minnesota, how they have helped the state affiliate grow, and their current activities.


The NFB of Alabama is here for you! You need us, and we need you.

Concerned seniors in all of our 7 chapters

are aware that blind seniors are wanting

* more involvement in their local chapters

* more active connection with each other

* more ways to reach out to other blind and visually impaired seniors in our communities with NFB’s positive message about blindness

We want you to know we are ramping up for seniors, and we want to know you

For more information,

call Carol Braithwaite, State NFB Membership Chairman, at

205.903.8520

or email her at

[email protected]