Support Groups

Adjusting to Vision Loss Requires Time

Jim, Charlotte and Susan enjoying a sunny day by a fountain

Living with vision loss can be overwhelming without support.

You can feel alone and isolated. You can feel frustrated by all the things you can no longer do.

At Second Sense, we feel it is important to address both of these feelings together. So all our groups focus on both support and training.

One way to stop feeling alone is to talk to others who have also lost their vision. Second Sense has a traditional support group (RP Meet Up) and several unconventional groups that you may want to consider. Or, we can help you find a group in your community or one online that can provide the support you need.

RP Meet Up

This is Second Sense’s traditional support group for active adults who are adjusting to vision loss. We share experiences dealing with relationships, addressing the challenges of progressive vision loss and learning new technologies. Our discussions also center around using tools, techniques and technology to remain independent. This group meets on the second Saturday of the month.  Members meet both in person at our downtown location and via conference call. Contact us at 312-236-8569 for more information.

 

A second way to ease feelings of loneliness is to find others who share your interests. Our unconventional support groups are centered around a specific activity or interest. Current groups include:

  • Apple Exchange

    This group shares an interest in Apple iPhones and iPads. They meet on the second Thursday of the month. Discussions, lead by a staff member or volunteer, focus on learning specific skills on Apple devices, updates on new technology, and discussion apps.

  • Knitting Group

    This group meets on every Tuesday to share experiences while knitting or crocheting. You don’t have to know how to knit to join the group. Our volunteer leader will teach you basic techniques to get you started.

  • Podcast Club

    Podcasts are a great entertainment and educational tool. Participate in person or via Zoom conference call. Listen to one podcast and discuss it together.

  • Yoga

    Lead by a certified yoga instructor, this group gathers to learn basic yoga moves. Yoga is a great way to increase your balance, an important skill for anyone in mobility training. It is also a great way to improve your health, reduce stress and feel stronger.

 

Learning to accept vision loss and adjusting to the frustration and stress associated with it is an ongoing process. Our supportive environment, professional staff and variety of program options are here to help you through this process. Our What are Vision Loss Support Groups All About? describes some of the topics addressed in both individual training and support groups. What is Adjustment to Vision Loss describes the different stages you may be experiencing during this challenging time in your life.

Adjustment to your vision loss is also challenging for your family and friends. They want to help, but often don’t know what to do. And, they may be doing too much. This can lead to conflict. Print out our two reference sheets, When You Interact with Someone with Vision Loss and Six Tips for Positive Communications with Family and Friends, to help you have a productive discussion on how your family and friends can help.

If you would like to learn about the different support groups or if you are looking for a support group in your area, please contact Kathy Austin by email or phone at 312-236-8569.