Did you know that about 60% of those in the U.S. suffering from vision loss or blindness are age 65 or older AND over 33% of the population of the Quad Cities of Arizona is age 65 or older?  This means, of course, that a significant number of older adults in our community are vision impaired, which is why People Who Care opened up a Low Vision Center in January 2023:  to provide FREE low vision rehabilitation services to people living in an area that offers very few of the kinds of resources they need.  People Who Care is a Prescott-based nonprofit that has been providing escorted transportation and other support services since 1992 to enable adults who cannot drive to live independently and safely.

In the summer of 2022, People Who Care had the good fortune to meet Tom and Diane Perski, retired low vision experts who just moved to Prescott.  Tom was the senior vice president for the Chicago Lighthouse, which has been serving the blind and visually impaired since 1906, and Diane worked as its business manager.  They volunteered to help People Who Care open a Low Vision Center to serve people in the Quad Cities, and the rest is history.

Since opening over a year ago, the Low Vision Center has provided services to over 90 people.  Tom and Diane offer one-on-one, 90-minute appointments two days a week from People Who Care’s Prescott office.  Tom consults privately with each client to find out what they want to accomplish, and he demonstrates a variety of low vision aids and devices and other tools that may help them achieve their goals. He also listens to their stories, which often feature the frustrations that come with learning to live with vision loss. And he knows just how they feel! He lost most of his vision to a rare form of macular degeneration when he was just a young man, so his experiences carry a lot of weight.

If you want to learn more about People Who Care’s low vision services, give us a call at 928-445-2480.