The risk of low vision and blindness increases significantly with age, particularly in those over age 65 (2004 National Eye Institute Study), and in less than five years the first wave of the 78 million baby boom generation turns 65. By 2030, the number of people over the age of 65 will comprise 20 percent of the population. AFB Senior Site, a new, fully accessible website from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), is equipped with simple solutions to keep this demographic living in their homes, cooking for their families, reading their favorite books, and maybe even taking up a new hobby. This interactive resource is complete with multimedia components that showcase instructional videos, easy “how to” tips, and testimonials to help the growing population living with vision loss maintain an independent and fulfilling lifestyle.
In addition to providing resources on adapting daily living routines, the Site serves as a bridge-connecting users with networks of vision rehabilitation centers, orientation & mobility specialists, and a variety of aging and social services. The Site also plays host to message boards and lists of support groups enabling seniors with vision loss and their caretakers to connect with communities of people who share their same everyday life situations.