OLHSA offers safety and vision help for those with Alzheimer's and Macular Degeneration Posted: May 28, 2015 Updated: June 01, 2015

OLHSA was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Mary Thompson Foundation to help make life safer for older adults with Alzheimer's disease and to help those those with Macular Degeneration improve vision and remain independent.

As part of OLHSA's programming that focuses on safety, wellbeing and quality of life for older adults, this grant will help make life safer and easier for those facing Alzheimer's disease. Their caregivers will also feel more ease knowing safety devices such as door locks, automatic night lights, fluorescent tape on doorknobs and more can be installed through this grant.

The grant also allows OLHSA to provide visual aids and magnification tools to those living with Macular Degeneration. Those with Macular Degeneration can face safety risks, especially when it comes to reading prescription medication bottles.

According to the Alzheimer's Association the disease affects up to 32 percent of adults over 85 years old. The National Institute of Health states that Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in those over 50 years old. OLHSA cares about its older population in Oakland and Livingston Counties and is grateful for the Mary Thompson Grant which allows us to keep individuals safer. Please call 248-209-2722 for more information.

To learn more about OLHSA's other programs for older adults, visit www.olhsa.org/olderadultservices. OLHSA offers services to eligible clients such as lawn moving, snow plowing, minor home repair and resource advocacy which helps individuals complete Medicaid applications, sign up for Area Agency on Aging 1-B's Community Living program and can help guide you to other services you may need.