Do I Have What It Takes To Be an Entrepreneur?

Do I Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?
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Do you want to be an entrepreneur?  Have you wondered, “Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Are you thinking about starting your own business?  Are you tired of the everyday grind of working for someone else? 

Will reading this article help me decide if I have what it takes?  Yes, I think so.

In this post I will discuss:

  • What is an entrepreneur?
  • Why you should be an entrepreneur.
  • Who can be an entrepreneur?
  • The concept of being an entrepreneur.
  • What characteristics you need to succeed as one.
  • Is there a downside to being an entrepreneur?
  • Yes, I think you can become an entrepreneur.  If I can, then you can.
  • A recommendation to start your own online business.

What is an Entrepreneur?

Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as, “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise”.  What this definition doesn’t include is the hard work and time it takes to succeed at being an entrepreneur.  It’s not all sweetness and light.  It isn’t easy.  You must work at it.

As in any money making venture, work is involved.  The advantage of being an entrepreneur is you are your own boss.  The flip side of that is you only have yourself to blame if you fail.  

Do I Have What It Takes To Be an Entrepreneur?
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Why Should I be an Entrepreneur?

There are several reasons to be your own boss.  The ones that seem to be the most powerful are:

  • You control your destiny
  • You have location flexibility
  • You have flexible hours
  • You have unlimited earning potential

Who Can Be an Entrepreneur?

I believe to be an entrepreneur, you have to first and foremost have a fire in your belly that will drive you each day.  You will determine in your mind that the dream you have is going to consume you and motivate you each day.  

If you have a burning desire to create your own business, then you have the seed of entrepreneurship within you.  You will have to use that desire to drive you each day.  

What are the Characteristics of an Entrepreneur?

  • Vision; Passion for the business; where you believe in what you are doing, and are driven and determined to succeed.  This is probably the most important.  
  • Creativity
  • Motivation
  • Informed
  • Adaptable
  • Focused
  • Confident
  • Decisive
  • Willing to take risks

This list is by no means the final word in entrepreneurship.  But through my research this is what I have found to be the most common characteristics.  If you think there should be others, let me know.  I’ll be glad to add them. 

What’s the Downside?

As your own boss you have to deal with your weaknesses.  You must know yourself well enough to figure out how you will overcome those weaknesses.  Personally, I have fears of failure and find it hard to accomplish parts of my business.  I have learned to use these weaknesses to motivate me to overcome them. 

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

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Why? Because there are some negatives you will meet:

  • Frustration
  • Roadblocks
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Expenses
  • Fears.  Fears like failing, wondering where the paycheck will come from, asking yourself if all the work is worth it?

How I Became an Entrepreneur

I came at this through the back door so to speak.  I needed extra income.  But I have chronic pain.  Not too many options out there to make money when you are in pain.

So I explored work at home options and came upon Wealthy Affiliate.  I had no experience in affiliate marketing, website building or business.  (If you have even one of these skills you are ahead of me, but if not, no worries.)  

As I explored the platform of Wealthy Affiliate it became clear to me that I could work from home, set my own hours and hopefully make money.  

The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that it teaches you everything you need to know to build a successful website.  I have mountains of information to learn and apply, but I am truly enjoying the journey.  And you develop virtual friendships with all the other members.  We help each other.

I love to tell people I am building a website.  My grown kids are shocked at how much I’ve learned.  And it keeps me engaged in technology and learning.  As a senior citizen, that is really important for our mental and physical health.

Want to see what my sites look like?  Here they are with the link.  Just click on the name:

thenaturalpainremedy.com

helpfulresourcesforseniors.com

Check them out.  Leave a comment.  I’ll get back to you.  

The following is a short video by a fellow member.

Can I Learn to Be an Entrepreneur?

I think you can!  If I can learn, then you can too.  If you have questions about being your own boss, leave a comment.  I will respond.  

The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that with your membership you get all the tools you need to start your online business.  Maybe you have a store already, but need a website; well this is the platform for it.  Or maybe you want to sell a product.  Use WA to build your website to do so.  

The internet is the way of the future for marketing and information.  Being an entrepreneur on the web is the way to go.  Having the skills you learn here can even equip you to help others with their business; i.e. you could build their website for them, and earn money doing so.  

Many of the members at WA have an interest or hobby or a special skill that they can feature in their business.  Do you?  If so, you are also ahead of the game and can use WA to promote that.  Click on the image below to get started.

Wealthy Affiliate Build a Business

Conclusion

I would love to hear from you about what you thought of this article.  All comments are welcome.  I will get back to you, I promise.  

If you join WA through my links, I will receive a referral fee.  I will also be your sponsor, and help you however I can.  

Latest Tool to Check Scams Online

Latest Tool to Check Scams Online
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I have already posted two articles to alert senior citizens about online scams.  Now Google has come out with the latest tool to check scams online.  It seemed like a natural opportunity to feature this tool in this article.

The tool is called ScamSpotter.  It has been developed by Google.  Here’s the link if you want to check it out before reading more. Scam Spotter

Who Is This For?

Everyone!  Even though my website is developed to help senior citizens, all of us can be victims of scammers.  

Yes, we think of our elderly grandmother who is kind and caring and could be ripped off by a cruel phone call telling her that her beloved grandson is in jail and she needs to send money to get him out.  But there are thousands of other scams circulating.  And new ones everyday.

What Can You Expect From This Site?

This site covers very helpful topics.  Among them are:

  • Types of scams
  • What you can do to avoid scams
  • What you can do if you have been scammed
  • Links for trusted sites to report scams 

Why Should You Use This Website?

You should check this site out because we are all at risk of being scammed.  

I used to be a fairly trusting person.  Unfortunately, having worked in support services for law enforcement, I saw the darker side of people.  And there are folks out there that will take advantage of you, if you let them.

So you need to be as informed as possible.  

This site contains some great advice.  Such as:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you are told to send money right way, don’t
  • If someone you don’t know is following you on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media, ignore them.
  • If they are offering you something for free, but you have to pay them first, don’t
  • If they are asking for sensitive information like your credit card number, social security number, or other personal information, don’t give it to them
Latest Tool to Check Scams Online
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Three Easy to Remember Golden Rules

The site makes it easy to remember three easy rules to evaluate whether or not something is a scam.  

  1. If the communication is in a hurry for you to act, then SLOW IT DOWN.  Rushing you into a decision is one sure sign of a scam.  Stop and check out the validity of the contact.
  2. Contacted by an unexpected person?  Then you should SPOT CHECK.  Find out where the caller/email is coming from and contact the agency yourself.  
  3. Been told to send money right away, or buy some gift cards?  Instead, STOP, DON’T SEND.

I remember hearing from a Walmart employee who worked in the Western Union section of the store.  Fortunately she had been trained to recognize a scam.  A dear old man came in to transfer money via Western Union for a supposed emergency.  She was able to determine it was a scam and saved him hundreds of dollars.  

This is why we have to keep spreading the word.

Further Resources on This Site

Although this site has information for the US, and the contacts are therefore US based, I still believe the information is valuable for all countries.  

Further resources on this site are links to contact the IRS, Social Security Administration, FraudSupport.org, State Consumer Protection Offices, and Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information.

I highly recommend you familiarize yourself with all these sites.

Digital Information World did a brief review of this new website.  Click here to see their review.

In Case You Haven’t Heard Enough

Besides the listed scams on my previous posts, my research has found other dangerous scams.  

One of them is the “sextortion” scam, where they claim that you have been visiting porn sites and you will be reported/exposed if you don’t pay them.  Contact your local police department right away.  They should be able to help you or refer you to the agency that can help you.  For more help with this scam, click on this link to see the article from Today

I read about another one, where they actually show up at the funeral home and claim that the deceased owes money to them.  Don’t panic, but contact the local police right away.  Read this article for further information.  

Finally, May I Suggest?

I have more information about numerous scams on my previous articles. My previous posts are: (click on the Title to go to the link)

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What Else You Can Do/Take Action

Get All Their Information

Should you be contacted by someone you suspect is a scammer, turn the tables and get all the information you can from them.  Chances are they will dodge you, but it’s worth a try.  Names, addresses, phone numbers and addresses are helpful to law enforcement.  You might be helping shut these criminals down.  

Don’t give them any of your information though!  They will keep asking for it, but don’t fall for that.  If you don’t feel confident to turn the tables, then hang up.  Or if it is an email, report it to the authorities.

Call the police

Don’t be afraid to call your local agency.  Especially if you have been scammed out of money.  Many people don’t contact law enforcement because they are embarrassed.  Believe me, the police have heard it all before.  You may not be able to get your money back, but you will be helping to perhaps put these awful people out of business.  

Have Someone Who You Trust Help You

As a senior, hopefully you have a child who is computer savvy and can assist you with your finances and concerns like this.  If not, you may need to employ a trusted financial advisor or accountant that can keep track of your finances.  They could be someone that has to authorize all purchases, and keep you from harmful actions.

This video gives some more information of what to be aware of and where you can go for help.

Conclusion

I would welcome all comments here.  If you have further information that could help others, please add it in the comments section.  Or if you wonder about a possible situation, ask it here.  I don’t mind doing further research.  

Sometimes I have links to products where I receive remuneration.  I do not have any links like that on this article.

If you are interested in building your own website, click here.  This is the platform I am using.  I will receive a referral fee if you join.  Thank you.

Agencies that Help Senior Citizens (especially during COVID19)

Agencies that Help Senior Citizens
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Agencies that Help Senior Citizens (especially during COVID19)

This article is meant to be a resource of agencies that Help Senior Citizens, especially during COVID19.  Many of them have been in place before that, but a few have recently been developed.  I have supplied links where possible, so that you may contact them easily.  

If you are not a senior, but are assisting one, you should find these links helpful as well. 

Office of Aging

Here in the US, the Department of Health and Human Services provides information about and for the Aging.  Use this link to go to their website.  Further assistance can be sought through your state and county departments of Aging.  

There is also an organization called The National Council on Aging.  They have lots of wonderful information and links.  Click here for their website.  

I believe that many other countries have this type of service.  Search by country and keywords like aging or elderly.  

Food Programs

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a  nationwide program here in the US, that provides meals to not just seniors, but others who may be unable to shop for food or prepare it.  Using volunteers, it also seeks donations to support the program.  Click here for the site and more information of how you can apply to the program or volunteer.  

Feeding America

Feeding America is another program that uses volunteers, and donations to assist in feeding anyone who is hungry.   Click here to find your local agency.  

Food program in California

My neighbor is one of the sweetest people you would ever want to meet.  She is living with her senior parents full time to help take care of her mother.  She found out about a program here in California which delivers quality meals to seniors.  Local restaurants provide the prepared meals.   It is called Great Plates.  Click on this link for more information and to see if you qualify.  This is for California residents only!

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Social Security

Another agency in the US, the Social Security Administration provides benefits for seniors.  The website is fairly easy to use, and once you create an account you can explore what benefits you might qualify for.  Here is the link to their website.  

This department is being misrepresented by scammers who call and say they are from the Social Security Department.  I wrote two articles on the dangerous scam programs currently affecting seniors.  See the second one here.

United Way

United Way is worldwide.  Click on this link to find your local agency.  United Way supports local agencies, including nonprofits.  These nonprofits are among the groups that are helping seniors around the world.  United Way does take donations.  

Are You a Veteran?

The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs is also an option for you.  Be sure you check out the benefits that are available to you.  Here is the link:  va.gov

My friend is legally blind and has received help from the VA for getting devices that assist him.  Also, remember to ask for discounts at stores where you shop.  Many stores and restaurants give veterans discounts.  

Medications

As a group senior citizens depend more on medication than other age groups.  For some getting their medication can be a challenge.  Several stores have mail in ordering and delivery.  I found that Walgreens and Walmart are among them.  My health system, Kaiser Permanente allows mail order also.  Call your pharmacy to find out what your options are.  Also check with your Medicare to see what is covered by your insurance, and if your plan lets you order remotely.  

When taking medications be very careful about the combinations.  Check with your doctor periodically to make sure you are not taking medications that can adversely affect each other.  It is ideal if you have a loved one who can help you with keeping track of your medications.  

When my mom was taking over 10 medications while on Hospice, I created a spreadsheet of what it was she was taking, how often she should take it and when, and when we would need to reorder.  Make a list that works for you.  

Agencies that Help Senior Citizens
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Reading Books

An article in this month’s Reader’s Digest states that Story Time is for Everyone.  Excerpted from the book The Enchanted Hour  by Meghan Cox Gurdon, the article lists the many benefits from reading out loud.  It noted a story about a daughter visiting her 88 year old father in the hospital.  

She wanted to talk about a topic other than his medical condition.  Picking up a biography of Winston Churchill and reading it aloud gave her a new way to connect to her father and challenged her father intellectually. It gave them both an escape from the medical situation.  

Find a book you and your parent or senior agree on and start reading!

A personal note.  I love books.  I like to hold the real thing in my hands.  My mother was a librarian.  During this time of isolation my library is closed!  I’m going through book withdrawal!

Song groups

Singing is one of the most wonderful activities for anyone, and especially helpful to seniors.  It is an activity that people with dementia can even enjoy.  Here is a wonderful link to a group of people that have recorded videos that you can sing along to.  They don’t provide the words from what I can see, but lyrics can be found on the web as well.  This group advertises a CD for sale which helps support their efforts. 

Pet Groups

We are all aware that animals can have a profound uplifting emotional effect on people. The elderly are especially prone to be lonely.  And with the stay at home and quarantine orders in place, this becomes even more serious.  I found several groups that promote pet visits to nursing homes, but I especially like Pets for the Elderly.

This program is a non-profit that matches shelter animals with senior citizens.  This program partners with participating shelters to pay the fees for an elderly person to adopt a pet.  Currently in only 34 states, their aim is to be nationwide.  Check out their website here.  Or contact a local shelter to find out what volunteer programs they have that may help senior citizens. 

Another agency is through the Humane Society, called Pets for Life.  They assist with veterinarian visits and other pet needs.  Here is a video of some happy couples.  (Human + Pet = Happy)


I wrote an article on my pain remedy site about how pets are good for you to manage your pain.  Read it here.  

Conclusions

Was this article helpful?  If so, how?  If not, how can I improve it?  Are there agencies that you think should be included in this list?  If so, let me know.

I do not gain any monetary reimbursement from recommending these links.  My goal is to make  the life of my fellow senior citizens more fulfilling.  If you have a topic you want researched, let me know.  It could become the next article.

I am not a medical or community expert.  I just research and write about articles of interest to me, in hopes they help other people.  For any medical issues, contact your health care professional before you start any new medication or supplement or new exercise program.  

Finally, if you have the desire to know more about how to build a website, please follow this link.  It will take you to the platform that I use.  If you do join, I do receive a referral fee.  Thank you!

Review of WOW! Computer for Seniors

Review of WOW! Computer for Seniors

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Review of WOW! Computer for Seniors

In this review, I will investigate the WOW! Computer which advertises that it is especially built for use by senior citizens.  The company claims that it is easy to set up, easy to use and easy to read.  All of those claims are concerns for most of us seniors.  Some of us feel that technology has passed us by.

If that is how you feel, then read on for more information.

Who Is It For?

The computer is advertised as being “designed especially for seniors”. It is designed specifically to be easy to use.  By limiting the amount of software and using a touch screen on a nice size monitor, it seems fairly intuitive.  

Because of it’s easy to read screen, it should be a great purchase for people with limited vision.

The touch screen makes things even easier, as there are less steps to get where you want to be.

What Does It Do?

With this system a person can email (send and receive), have video chats with people (using Skype), surf the internet, and play games.  It has just the basics, but I guess the company has determined that’s what most seniors are looking for.  Ease of use to do the activities they want to do.  

The drawback may be that you can not add programs.  What you see is what you get.  So if you want to do more than those activities I’ve listed above, you need a different system.  My 91 year old mother would have loved this system.  Easy to use, with large fonts, and she just wanted it for emails.  It was very hard for her to use my regular desktop.  

The Pros and the Cons

Pros

  • Trusted Friend System/Tech Buddy
  • Skype
  • Linux OS; a highly secure system 
  • Photo editing
  • 45 day satisfaction guarantee or your money back (excluding shipping and handling)
  • Easy to Read
  • Touch Screen
  • Free software updates
  • Software installed to handle different file types like PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Easy to access tech support; part of the reason for the price

Cons

  • Can’t add software; but that may be a good thing
  • Price; you could get something with more bells and whistles for the same price
  • Is a desktop format, so if you want portability this system isn’t for you (there is now a laptop version, but it is a smaller screen)
  • Limited memory
  • Works only with “most” HP printers

Here’s a tech guy reviewing the computer.  He doesn’t work for them; he is an independent reviewer.

Price

The current listed price is : $1,099.00  on firstStreet.com website, plus shipping and handling, which currently is $49.95 in the continental US.  Here is the toll free phone number if you’d rather call; 877-759-5969.

What You Get When You Purchase It

When you purchase your WOW! Computer, you receive a monitor (screen), keyboard, speakers, and mouse.  There is a built in webcam (camera) and microphone.  It has a CD and DVD player.  An A/C power adapter is also included.  

You are able to simply plug in a few cord and then turn it on.  It comes with training videos built in.  In one advertisement I saw that the keyboard had larger than normal letters.  You might check this out if that is a feature you want.  

For the first 30 days you get VIP Support for any questions you may have.  After 30 days, you may purchase this support for $9.95/month.  This would include services like setting up your contacts or your email.  

The Scam Website

While I was doing my research, I came upon some very unhappy people who claimed they had been ripped off by WOW!Computers.  As I did further research, I realized these people had mistakenly contacted a scam website/number that stole their money and did nothing to help them.  

I’m sure you know that as seniors, we are easy prey to criminals and scammers.  Please be careful and cautious.  If you are unsure about a website, don’t go there.  It is preferable to type in the name of the company or type in the website (in your browser search bar) to make sure you are getting the right company.  

I wrote a few articles about scams.  Click here to check one out.  

Here’s another independent reviewer.

Who Makes It?

From my research, I believe the computer is manufactured by Telikin.  Their website features three different models and prices; from $899.00 to $1,249.00 plus shipping and handling.  Click here to investigate the website.  You can see that firstSTREET lists the same product for $150.00 less.  (See above)

The WOW computer is also sold by firstSTREET for Boomers and Beyond.  They have a Better Business Bureau rating of A+, with an Accredited Business label since April of 2019.  It appears they only have the large screen available. 

As far as I can determine, this computer has been around since 2011.  

I recommend you look at both sources for the best deal for you.

I was unable to locate any other computer that was comparable to the WOW!

Added Features

When you first start the computer, you are brought to a home screen.  On the left are the “program” buttons.  These are your basic features.  They include:

  • Video Chat
  • Email
  • Photos
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Weather
  • News
  • Web
  • Games
  • More; which are other functions; i.e. calculator.  I saw one that had Kindle added.  Check that out before you buy.  

You may also wonder what the Trusted Friend/Tech Buddy is.  With this platform, you can add a family member or friend to the system and they can help you remotely by gaining access to your computer.  (It will probably be your 8 year old grandchild!) You can also pay for that feature as I stated above.  

 

Review of WOW! Computer for Seniors
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Before You Buy!

You will also need a high speed internet connection.  The company builds in WiFi capabilities but recommends high speed connections.  Check your local providers before you buy this computer.  It would be disappointing to get this computer and then find you don’t have the right internet provider for it to work for you.

Providers here in CA include Spectrum and Frontier, among others.  I tried a little WiFi adapter which didn’t work in my building.  I can’t stress enough that you check to make sure you can get a good connection before you buy this computer.  Here is an article on how to choose a provider. 

Conclusion

What do you think of this computer?  Have you used it?  Do you have one that you really like and that would be good for seniors, or vision impaired?  Do you know of a better price?

Any information you could provide here would be helpful to all of us.  Please leave a comment.

Affiliate Disclaimer:  Sometimes I have links to products I write about where I get a remuneration if you purchase.  I do not have any such links on this page.  I wrote this review because this product looks like a great alternative for seniors who want a simple computer system.

What Is Vision Reducing Disease?

What Is Vision Reducing Disease?

What Is Vision Reducing Disease?

What It Is

What is vision reducing disease?  What Is it caused by?  Is there anything I can do about it? What resources are available to help with this condition? I hope to answer these questions and provide some helpful information to deal with this condition.

Vision reducing disease is defined as partial loss of vision, which may be temporary or permanent, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.    

Who It Affects

One in three persons over 65 will have some vision reducing disease, according to American Family Physician.  But of course seniors aren’t the only ones that can be affected.  For the purposes of this article, however, I will be mostly addressing the senior citizens affected by these diseases. 

What Is Vision Reducing Disease?
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The most common causes are:

  • age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • diabetic retinopathy. 

The Common Causes; a Brief Overview

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the loss of central vision (simple definition, the image perceived by the center of the eye).  It is the leading cause of vision impairment in people over 60 years of age.  More than 10 million Americans are affected by it.  

In layman’s terms, what happens is the small center portion of the retina, which is the macula, wears down.  The macula is the part of the eye that focuses our center of vision.  It gives us the ability to read and do other activities which require sight.  When it wears down, vision loss occurs. There are three stages; early, intermediate, and late.  In the late stage is where the loss is noticeable.  

Cells that shouldn’t be in the eye form deposits within the macula.  Symptoms include: Blurred vision, image distortion, central scotoma, and difficulty reading.  Complete vision loss is usually not associated with AMD.

Studies indicate that age is the biggest factor in getting this disease.  Other factors are family history, race (Caucasians are more likely than Blacks or Hispanics to have it.), and smoking.  There is no cure.  

It is important however, to have regular eye exams once you are in this age category.  

For more information see this article from the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.  

Glaucoma

An estimated 1 million Americans over 65 have suffered vision loss due to glaucoma related disease.  It is the most common cause of blindness among black Americans.  It is the cause of blindness among 75 percent of older Americans.

Essentially it is caused by pressure in the eye getting too high and pushing on the optic nerve inside the eye.  This can damage nerves that run from the eye to the brain.  It affects the periphery of the vision field.  It results in vision field loss and later blurred vision.

To deal with the pressure various medications are prescribed.  These of course will have side effects.  Surgery may also be recommended if the disease can not be managed by medication.  Surgery is usually successful in bringing down the pressure.

Again, because this disease affects older people mostly, it is essential that they get an eye exam every one to two years. 

Cataract

Cataracts generally refer to the lens of the eye becoming opaque.  This disease’s prevalence increases with age, to 50% of the cases occurring in people 75 or older.  It is the most common cause of blindness worldwide.  It is usually experienced with gradual reduction of clarity in vision.  

It causes blurred vision, glare, and monocular diplopia (double vision in one eye).

Cataract surgery is one of the most performed surgeries in the US, performed when the cataract has progressed to where it interferes with daily activities.  Surgeries are usually successful and are performed on an outpatient basis.

Diabetic Retinopathy

As the name suggests, diabetic retinopathy is related to diabetes.  Retinopathy refers to the retina being damaged so there is loss of vision.  It manifests as blurred vision, floaters, visual field loss and poor night vision.

It becomes more common in people with diabetes as diabetes continues.  Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be affected by this disease.  But blood glucose management can positively affect retinopathy.  

Laser surgery has success with treating the symptoms of this disease.  But early detection is the best avenue, where the sufferer can take steps to manage diabetes.  

Disclaimer

I am not a doctor or a healthcare professional.  I researched these terms so I would better understand the causes of vision loss, especially in seniors.  Hopefully the descriptions gave you a little more information.  Most of this information was from an article from American Family Physician.  

Any concerns you have about your eye health (or any health concerns) should be discussed with your doctor.  

 

What Is Vision Reducing Disease?
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How Can You Adapt?

Losing your vision is a life changing situation.  If you are reading this article, you must be suffering yourself, or have a loved one who is.  

My personal recommendation is to be proactive in your adjustment to this disease.  Yes, you will have to make serious lifestyle changes, but thankfully there are several options to make your life full and purposeful.  

First and foremost, see an eye doctor, or ophthalmologist.  This person can diagnose your problem and direct you to your best treatment options.  

You can tell I am a proactive person.  I have spent months of research for my other website, which presents natural pain remedy (thenaturalpainremedy.com) options.  And these options usually take effort.  So it is with vision impairment.  

Once you have the information you need, plan your new approaches.  I hope you have a loved one that will come alongside you and assist you in your search.  You may need them to drive you, help you shop, and get used to your new life.  

If you have a good health plan, you should be referred to a specialist who can provide you with information for technology that is available.

If you are diagnosed as legally blind (and you don’t have to be completely blind), you qualify for several discounts and preferential treatment.  Make sure to get a document from your doctor stating this so you can apply for these programs.

What Technologies Are Available For This Disease?

There are several devices, programs and apps available for people with vision issues.  

Organizations

Braille Institute  (US) A wonderful organization that assists the blind and vision impaired.  They can help with adjustments to your new life, providing information about devices, and other helpful programs.  Their number is: 1-800-272-4553.  Or go to their website: https://www.brailleinstitute.org/.  There is another article from them that you might find helpful.  Click here


If you are a US Military Veteran, you may qualify for further assistance and devices, like a Mac book, iPhone, cane and training.  Braille Institute can give you that information.  

Devices

Ruby  A handheld or desktop device that enlarges and illuminates documents so that you can read them.

Voice Activated Assistants like Siri or Alexa.

Apps

As far as I know, most of these apps are on Apple and Android products. These apps are available here in the US.  I don’t know about other countries.  

One of the biggest helps to my vision impaired friend is the ability to invert colors on his smartphone.  He had to change from his Apple to an Android because in an IOS update he couldn’t invert anymore.  See my article on the Google Pixel he chose.  

With the colors inverted he can research on the web.  Otherwise he can’t read the screens.  

If You Are A Reader

BARD (National Library of Science) is a digital download of books and magazines, and even music scores.  You actually have to be diagnosed with a vision impairment to qualify for this program.  This program seems to have the largest selection of titles for a wide range of subjects.  (Compared to RB Digital and Libby.)

RB Digital (OneClickDigital) gives a summary of the book.  

Libby (Overdrive) you have to listen to the beginning of the book to know what it is about.  Requires a library card.  

Ebooks There is a summary before you decide.   Can actually read it using inverted colors.  Some are free, for others there is a fee.  Not very easy to use for low vision people.  My low vision friend says audio books are easier than eBooks at this point. 

Kindle and ePUB, are both downloadable programs where you can read (if you have some vision) 

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Librivox you can listen to books not in public domain.  Can listen to old radio programs.  

 

Other Apps

Seeing AI (Apple) or Tap Tap See (Android and IOS) uses your phone camera to identify what the app sees.

This post on Everyday Sight is worth reading.  They know much more than I do about what’s available.

Conclusion

I feel I have only scratched the service when it comes to discussing devices and apps that can help you.  But this article is long enough as it is.

How about you let me know what device you would like reviewed?  I would be happy to do research.  

Or leave a comment if you have used a helpful device.  It would help the community of vision impaired people.

 

Sometimes I have affiliate links to products where I might earn a small renumeration.  I do not have any affiliate links in this post.  This information is provided in hopes it helps you in your issues with vision disease.

 

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