Vol. 5 Spring 2021-Winter 2022
Welcome to Volume 5 of the Quarterly Insight Living Newsletter. The Executive Team hopes everyone is doing great, especially during this challenging time of the COVID 19 Pandemic and the variants associated with this virus.
We hope everyone has had access to the many different vaccinations designed to combat this pandemic. The CDC continues to promote health protocols. Guidelines are continuously updated. Please visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov/cornoavirus/2019-ncov for the latest information.
Living Life Team (LLT), Inc. is continuing to focus on the needs of people who are blind and/or visually impaired. Through the passion of helping others, we offer personalized services to meet the needs of Living Life Team, Inc. continues providing bimonthly support group meetings, face to face and via phone conference calling (tailored to coping with Covid-19 and isolation), basic COVID safety supplies, transportation to appointments and important errands, and one on one phone calls to confirm the wellbeing of each person. In addition to that, we continue focusing our attention on providing services for daily living, mobility and supplying assistive devices.
President Harris sends a special hello and a reminder to reach for the stars!
We welcome your support.
~The Executive Team~
We would like to spotlight Ms. Margo Faris. Margo was diagnosed with macular degeneration at the age of 59. She has been a member of Living Life Team since 2021.
Margo (wearing red) with white cane
Margo’s prior life was in real estate, marketing, and public service. She says she was plunged into a void of communication skills, mobility skills, and a support system that understood her challenges. For many years following her diagnosis, Margo remained adrift in the vast sea of no direction for support and quality of life. As a perfectionist and successful businesswoman Margo could no longer make sense of her life; depression set in.
Margo was fortunate to learn about Living Life Team; this networking effort led Margo to attend a Living Life Team support group meeting. “Home,” she says, “I found my home.” The meetings have changed her life. She realized she was not the only one with a life-altering diagnosis. The meetings have enabled her to acquire adaptive skills for mobility, accessibility, friendships, self-esteem, and a safe place. Margo is now dedicated to educating companies to develop clear and precise communication regarding document accessibility. “This is my crusade,” she says.
Do you have a story you would like to tell? Please contact the newsletter writing team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear and share your story.
The Volume 3 newsletter offered many good tips for staying active during the pandemic. Self-care is important at all times, particularly during times of high stress. Here are few tips from the Mayo Clinic Health Systems:
- Fuel your body by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.
- Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Exercise every day.
- Take deep breaths and stretch often.
- Spend time outside.
Stay well, everyone!
- Set and maintain a routine at home. Listen to music or read books.
- Focus on things you can control, e.g., thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for.
- Choose reliable news sources that sensationalizes emotions. Take a break from news and social media.
- Lean on your personal beliefs and faith for support.
- Look for ways to volunteer in your community.
We have been focusing on training to promote independence, mobility, and activities of daily living. (ADLS). We have held several training sessions on each of these important life skills.
The Living Life Team Board and President have an aspiring goal for the year 2022. Interesting fact: nearly 80% of our Visual Impaired Persons (VIPS) have never flown in an airplane. A major objective of the Living Life Team is to promote independence in mobility, including airplane travel. Plans are in the works to develop a safe and educational experience to our VIPS in this regard. We are working with our friends at Hartfield-Jackson Airport, along with many other benefactors, to make this dream a reality. Stay tuned!
Did you know? Living Life Team, Inc. sponsors an award for a graduating high school senior at Morgan County High School in Madison, GA. Criteria for this award include attending one support group meeting of the Living Life Team, an essay written about an assigned topic regarding visual impairments and disabilities, and plans to attain post high school education such as a technical school or university. The monetary award is intended to defray the cost of tuition and books.
This year, 2022, Living Life team will have sponsored this award for five consecutive years. The total sum of awards given is over $7500.00 dollars. Living Life Team is proud to sponsor this award to elevate the awareness of challenges the person with visual impairments may encounter. We applaud these young people for their efforts and insight to helping others.
Having a wonderful team of volunteers ensures that no one is left behind or left out. Our board members and VIPS will be joining our volunteers at the Madison County Food Pantry the month of February. We welcome you to join our team of volunteers or become a sponsor and "Make A Difference". Join us each 2nd Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Morgan County Library conference room. If you wish to join us by phone, please call this conference call phone number 978-990-5000, access code number 473433#. Zoom meeting capability is coming soon.
Visit www.livinglifeteam.net (http://www.livinglifeteam.net/) or visit our Facebook page to share your thoughts with us. Until next time, stay healthy, happy and safe.
P.O. Box 1063
Madison, GA 30650