National Disability Employment Awareness Month
At 12.3% did you know that the number of unemployed American people with disabilities is almost double the amount of people without disabilities? At the beginning of October I mentioned that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but I would be remiss if I did not recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
“Expect. Employ. Empower.” is the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of this national awareness campaign is to provide enlightenment on disability employment issues and to honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. For more information on National Disability Employment Awareness Month you can visit the Department of Labor’s (DOL) website by clicking HERE.
In last Wednesday’s Health Evolution post I provided some legitimate resources for obtaining reasonably priced prescriptions. This week I promised to follow-up with some additional information that could make life just a tad easier.
Rx Savings for AARP Members
- Drug Savings Tool – This 3-step AARP Tool can help you get the most value for your prescriptions and learn more about the medications you take. The first step is to insert the medication you want to check in the “Start Here” box then click the “Find Drug” button. Next step is reviewing the drug’s price range & effectiveness and compare it to Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.
- Free Rx Discount Card for AARP member and family helps you save up to 38% on FDA approved prescriptions not covered by insurance. Prescription discounts are for you/spouse children, grandchildren up to age 27 and your caregiver. As a Rx Discount Card holder you have access to AARPpharmacy.com to compare Rx costs across pharmacies.
Baby Boomer and Proud
As I typed “baby boomer” in my Google Chrome browser one of the first results was “Baby Boomers Suck” and like a child who is told “don’t touch that” I had to click it. Here I was thinking all along that my generation was the greatest thing since sliced toast, and to my surprise, other generations disagree – tsk, tsk. Oh well it’s of no consequence because according to CNN’s Baby Boomer Generation Fast Facts, we “are the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history.”
Being among the largest generation, baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) there are a number of reasons why those of us who fall into this category should be concerned. Actually we could be concerned about many things but for today I’m only going to focus on one area, which is one of the reasons why I started this blog, and that is low vision.
A couple of years ago I did some fundraising for Foundation Fighting Blindness and at that time I came across some staggering statistics. Back in 2010 there were approximately 10 million people impacted by a range of blinding retinal eye diseases. Do to the sheer number of the baby boomer generation that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next 10 years, partly due to age-related eye issues i.e., cataracts, glaucoma, etc.
Take it from someone who was blind-sided (pun intended) with a quirky eye disease. It’s easy to take vision for granted but it’s vitally important to properly manage your eye health. Many of us over 50 have already experienced changes in our vision because of our age. So I wanted to share just a couple of things I found as my vision declined:
- Auto Drop Eye Drop Guide – If you’ve ever taken eye drops and find that the drop ends up on your cheek, chin, or anywhere else aside from your eye, then this little gadget is for you. Basically it works like you might think in that you insert the medicine bottle in the device, place the device over your eye and voilà the drop goes directly into the eye. No muss, no fuss. I found this unit at Walgreens for $4.99.
- My friend Lori, who is always on the lookout for items that could help me out, found a Medicine Bottle Magnifier at Walgreens that attaches directly to the bottle. To use just attach it to the bottle then extend magnifier to read dosage information, and collapse when finished for easy storage.
Thanks to today’s technology many blind and vision impaired people have access to handheld video magnifiers, accessibility software for our computers, special high-powered glasses and a vast amount of products to assist us with day-to-day living. It occurred to me a little while back that it could be helpful to accumulate and post some of these resources so that others can benefit from them. Over the next several weeks I will be updating the blog with additional materials to help in this regard.
I’d love to hear any tips that you might have. Please leave remarks in the comment box below or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~Nora Ephron
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