Posts Tagged ‘ coping with disability ’


Jan 24th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste are all essential to our daily existence. There are no guarantees that they will always and forever function well as we grow older. When various conditions develop which alter the sharpness of any of these senses, we are met with a sudden and dramatic realizations of how critically important and vital each of them is.

A recent diagnosis of macular degeneration has offered both a surprise and an adjustment I was not quite ready to make. Over the past year, however, I had become aware, since receiving my last correction in my eye glasses, that I was having difficulty making out signs at a distance and recognizing people across a room. These were obviously symptoms that were bothersome and telling. Indeed they were. For when I went to two physicians to get independent opinions, I was met with the same verdict. Increasingly, computer work, reading chiron on television, making out images at a distance have all become more of a challenge.