April 13, 2016

WBRC Outreach: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Photo: Craig Echhardt, Palo Alto VIST Coordinator,
mans the WBRC outreach booth at the JCCSF

By Charity Son, WBRC Blind Rehabilitation Specialist

On April 7th, two WBRC staff members participated in the Art of Aging Gracefully event at the Jewish Community Center - San Francisco (JCCSF). Visual Skills instructor Charity Son, CVRT, and VIST Coordinator Craig Eckhardt, CVRT, COMS, manned a booth with low vision devices and information, all geared towards giving the senior population independent access to healthy options. These ranged from kitchen safety items to enable healthy meal preparation to computer access technology devices for accessing health information and fitness trackers.

The booth had a steady stream of visitors all day. Patrons were particularly interested information on the Matter of Balance program. The Matter of Balance program was adopted by the WBRC and adapted for instruction to our Veterans with low vision. Three Veterans were served and took information on the WBRC Matter of Balance program, while civilian patrons were motivated to take literature on the Matter of Balance program in order to participate through their local agencies [fitness centers, senior/community centers, hospitals]. The WBRC was proud to participate in the event and to help patrons age gracefully.

If you are aware of an event which would be a good opportunity for WBRC Outreach or would like WBRC to come speak to your group, please contact Lindsay Hass, WBRC Blind Rehabilitation Specialist and WBRC Communications Committee Co-Chair, at Lindsay.hass@va.gov or call the main WBRC line at (650) 614-9952 to make a request.

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