SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Weston super Mare Macular Support Group
Tuesday 9th May 2017 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones, accepting an invitation to join the monthly meeting of the Weston super Mare Macular Society Support Group, who hold their regular meetings at the Lauriston Hotel on the seafront of Weston super Mare. to enjoy presentations from informative and interesting speakers on a wide range of subjects, as well as arranging outings to interesting locations and events, as well as enjoying light refreshments and catching up on local news.
Nearly 700,000 people will have late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 20201 and many more will have early disease. Recent research suggests that 54% of people over 60 have early AMD2. As more people live into their 80s and 90s late AMD will increase. Although our age and genes are the biggest factors in whether or not we develop AMD there are lifestyle risks too; smoking, poor diet, high blood pressure and obesity all increase the risk of AMD. In addition to AMD, a number of purely genetic forms of macular disease affect tens of thousands of younger people, including children. People with macular disease do not lose all their sight; their central vision is destroyed leaving only peripheral vision.
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. There are over 22,000 members and are the largest membership group in the sight loss sector and the voice of people with macular conditions. They provide free information and support to improve lives and ensure no one has to face macular disease alone. There are around 300 Macular Society support groups around the UK and beyond. The Macular Society fund research so that one day humanity can overcome macular disease
At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “My visit to Weston super Mare Macular Support Group has been a great opportunity to engage with a group of people, the visually impaired, who are extremely vulnerable to many types of financial harm frauds due to their disability. I enjoyed talking about the many case studies of frauds and scams that I have encountered in my role as a senior fraud safeguarder and have been able to use these experiences as a platform to help the audience think about how they might deal with a fraud if it happened to them, how they may spot a fraud on the phone, letter, email or even on the doorstep, and what they should do to stay safe.”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine – the quarterly publication of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which offers crime prevention advice and a host of other lifestyle information for seniors and those who support elder family members
SCLT presenter, Ash Jones (insert) visits Weston-s-Mare Macular Society Support Group