Technology, Tools and Rehabilitation Can Help Seniors with Low Vision Maintain Their Independence 

Each day, approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65, and one in six adults this age and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.1 As part of its support for Low Vision Awareness Month this February,
the American Academy of Ophthalmology and SOUTHERN EYE ASSOCIATES are providing older adults with low vision guidance on how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.

An estimated 2.9 million Americans have low vision, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces. Low vision can be caused by eye diseases that are more common in older people, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

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Blood Alliance Looking for Donors

Typical for this time of the year as we approach the holidays, The Blood Alliance, your only provider of blood to all area hospitals, is experiencing a very low blood supply especially with O-Negative and O-Positive blood types. Please help us spread the word that we need donors with ALL blood types to give blood. If you personally cannot give blood because you are deferred or are in-between donations, tell a friend to donate on your behalf. Donating a pint of blood takes less than one hour, and your one pint can save up to three lives. You can choose to become a HERO today!  

 Visit: or call: (843) 522-0409 to schedule your appointment.

THA Group’s Island Hospice Offers Free Educational Seminars on Independent Living at Home

THA Group’s Island Hospice began its new Tools for the Journey year-long series of seminars, starting in October. These free seminars provide families with tips on aging at home and living independently as long as possible.

The next seminar, Caring for the Caregiver: Understanding the Stress of Caregiving, will be held on December 3, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Grace Coastal Church, 15 Williams Drive, Okatie, SC 29909, and December 9, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Beaufort Medical Plaza’s third floor classroom at 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. Topics will include the caregiver’s role; identifying signs of stress, compassion fatigue and burnout; and resources to help cope with the caregiver role. The schedule for the remaining seminars is included on page two.

For more information or to register for the seminar, contact Jennifer Massey at 888.842.4663 or

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Hilton Head Hospital Receives “A” in Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

Hilton Head Hospital received the top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score, representing the hospital’s continued commitment to delivering safe, high-quality healthcare services to the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Okatie communities. The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one.

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