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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Let’s Talk About Health and Wellness

Thursday, February 17 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The quality of your health impacts your feelings of happiness, confidence and overall well-being. But, does your vision loss get in the way of your ability to maintain a good quality of life? Do you have difficulty getting the proper amount of exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and finding the information that supports your health? Perhaps depression or loneliness is also affecting your feelings of well-being?

Julia Andrews, occupational therapy doctorate student at Rush University, is completing her capstone with Second Sense this spring. Julia’s interests lie in the impact of the environment and society on the daily lives and mental health of people with invisible disabilities. After doing clinical work with individuals with vision loss, she found many people expressed feelings of depression, anxiety and concern for their overall safety. This experience had Julia thinking about the causes of these feelings and what could be done to promote positive change.

Join us for an important discussion about the barriers you face in having a good quality of life. Julia will share outcomes of research studies to serve as a guide to answer these important questions:

  • How does your vision loss impact your mental health?
  • What barriers get in the way of physical activities like exercise or recreation?
  • Do you have access to the health information needed to maintain overall good health?

You can also have an opportunity to contribute to this body of research by participating in an individual health and wellness survey Julia is conducting for Rush University.

To join this discussion, call our conference line at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.