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Just like we self-define our idea of success, it's also time that we choose what "Quality of Life" (QOL) means to us. Plenty of financial, government and research entities will tell us what SHOULD compose our QOL, but to be honest, it's really up to us to determine what's at stake when we experience vision loss. 

I've outlined some key players when it comes to unpacking our QOL. We can use Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a rough sketch to design our own unique definition.  

Social and Support Activities: friendship, family, groups.

Your natural supports can bolster your independence by connecting you with family activities, celebrated holidays and outings. Reaching out to friends over phone, video chat or get-togethers also plays a major part in our mental health. 

Are there any groups and communities you have interest in becoming involved in? These can be anything from an online forums or your local YMCA.

Empowerment & Self-Respect: enriching each moment

Which recreation & leisure activities provide you with the greatest satisfaction? Reading the news, writing your memoir, preparing a new recipe, or spending time outdoors? Ensuring you have adapted ways to access these activities are at the root of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. 

An easy way to implement this necessary part of Maslow's hierarchy of needs is to check-in with yourself about how you can make vision loss simple, and begin to integrate your passions step-by-step. 

Basic Human Needs: food, water, clothing, shelter.

Access to these essential ingredients of our lives may be easily overlooked with vision loss. Luckily, there are many services available that assist adults with Meal Delivery and Grocery Delivery

Aging In Place is a term used to describe the autonomy of older adults to chose how and where they age. It's important that the spectrum of sheltering options for adults are reviewed and considered before jumping into senior care facilities. 

Safety & Security: emergency plans, confidence traveling. 

If you live alone, ensuring that emergency plans are in place should be integrated into your family planning. Whether that be a MedAlert button to wear while around the house, or keeping a cellphone on your person. As tedious as this can seem, it surprisingly can remediate some underlying stress or tension.

Traveling and accessing public transportation independently can be either a piece of cake, or a royal pain depending on where you are living. Connecting with an Orientation and Mobility Specialist can help explain all the paratransit and volunteer driver services that exist in your area. 


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