Written by Ellen C. Chahey
Can your television read The Barnstable Patriot? Can your microwave talk?

Some appliances can do these very things for the sake of people with impaired vision. If you or someone you know needs help with daily activities because of low vision, you can find out about lots of free resources and programs at two free seminars at Thirwood Place in South Yarmouth on May 20 and June 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Billed by the Davenport Companies, owners and managers of Thirwood Place, as the first Cape Cod Low Vision Summit for Seniors, the event is open to the public, including caretakers and professionals as well as seniors.
Beth Patkoske, who directs marketing and special events for Davenport, explained that the idea for the summit got rolling when the company started a low-vision program in the assisted living wing of Thirwood Place. Planners began to discover “so many resources” to help low-vision people that they figured that “if we didn’t know about these resources, there were many others who also didn’t.”
She said that when a low-vision occupant chooses a Thirwood Place assisted-living apartment, the management will outfit it for them according to their needs. The staff is “fully trained” to work with low-vision residents, she said.
However, Patkoske emphasized, the summit is a community event and open to all who want to learn about low-vision resources. It is not necessary to be interested in living at Thirwood Place.
The summit begins with a continental breakfast and continues with short presentations by a panel of five specialists in low-vision problems and resources.

Miriam Englander, M.D., of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, will discuss age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Jennifer Salvo, an optometrist and low-vision specialist, will explain how a low-vision exam can help someone make the best use of his or her remaining vision……
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