“Life begins at 40 –
but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.”
Helen Rowland (1875-1950)
Isn't that a great quote! It definitely made me laugh! And based on when Ms. Rowland lived, it's nice to know some things haven't changed much…I think. 🙂 I definitely have all of the above – including common eye problems. Actually, I started wearing glasses around 4th grade. For over 30 years I wore them anytime I wasn't sleeping or swimming – and actually I did sometimes leave them on while swimming so I could find my kids! Then, sometime in my 40s, my vision started rearranging itself. That, coupled with bifocals and the addition of computer screen issues means I now wear my glasses primarily for driving and walking and that's about it. How about you? If you're in the same boat, ain't it a pain! I lose them, bend them, and sit on them!
I finally broke down and started experimenting with eyeglass chains and cords to hold my glasses. An eyeglass necklace chain definitely helps, and looks quite attractive as well, (I've been complimented a couple of times for my earrings or my necklace), but with all the wrestling my grandkids and I enjoy, not to mention getting my iPod earphones caught in it and my normal klutziness, I tend to be a tad hard on them.
I'm now experimenting with saving the nice ones for Sundays and using a black glasses cord as the holder for the rest of the week. Except I forgot where I put it yesterday so I'm still in my "Sunday best." Oyyyy! One more thing to remember – or should I say, forget. 🙂
Of course, that's nothing compared to cataracts and cataract surgery like my senior mom had, eye disease problems like glaucoma, or macular degeneration which two close friends have dealt with over the years. All in all, for those of us over 50 or 60, low vision along with good solutions and devices, can definitely be an issue worth discussing. And guess what! That's what we'll be doing periodically on Saturdays. 🙂
Also, I'd love for this to include your helps, hints, and tips. So if you have any great ideas or low vision aids to share that make your life, or your senior parents' life, easier, in spite of low vision issues, we'd love to hear about them. And just think, it's right before the holiday season, making this a great possibility of great gifts ideas for other boomers as well as for the elderly parents and other relatives in your families. Don't forget to sign up for the free updates to SandwichINK (top right column – under the light bulb) so you don't miss any of this series of low vision aids to help you and your senior parents. Now that IS good news for boomers and seniors. 🙂