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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Helping Older Americans

An elderly gentleman sits at his home desk, smiling.

Over the next 20 years, as the baby boomer generation ages, rates of vision loss due to degenerative eye disease are expected to double. AFB is prepared to play an integral role in helping seniors and their families receive the tools they need to lead full, independent lives.

AFB Senior Site® is a Web community that offers visitors information on how to remain independent and continue to perform everyday tasks like cooking, paying bills, and reading despite vision loss. Senior Site also features message boards and inspiring video testimonials from people who refuse to allow their vision loss to set them back. In the past year, Senior Site added a number of new resources to help older individuals live more independently and safely, including a detailed checklist for choosing an assisted-living or retirement community.

"AFB Senior Site's eTips have made a big difference in my life. They are short, easy to read, and give me practical advice on things like organizing and identifying the bills in my wallet."

—Lloyd Barnard, Senior Site user

(Photo Caption) 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older report experiencing significant vision loss.
Source: 2008 National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey

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