Keeping active is something that Joy Bond is very passionate about. The 93 year old puts the social life of a person half her age to shame, with a packed diary of events meaning she is often away from home. But when she does spend time around the house, Joy, who began losing her sight more than three decades ago, has the support of our services to help her with everything from telling the time to cooking her favourite recipe.
“I remember when my eyesight first starting failing,” said Joy. “I was driving my husband to work and it was like a film had been laid over my eyes, I couldn’t understand it.”
Told she had cataracts and glaucoma, Joy then began suffering from macular degeneration and has very little sight left.
“I was worried that I wouldn’t be in control of my own life anymore because I couldn’t read my mail,” she said. “I have always loved reading and the thought of not being able to do that was very sad.”
Joy first heard about our services and the technology available to help her in her day to day life, when we held an information event near her St Austell home. Joy learnt about all of the gadgets available to support her around the home, including a memory stick player which allows her to listen to a series of audio books, a talking clock, ReadEasy reading machine and scanner and liquid level indicator which is used to stop the overfilling of cups, mugs and kitchen accessories.
“My eyesight went gradually and it could have been very isolating,” said Joy who enjoys going to weekly exercise classes, regular church events, local women’s groups and the Trefoil Guild a senior branch of Girlguiding.
“I would have been very miserable without the help I have received from iSightCornwall. To lose your independence is terrible but they have supported me to keep feeling confident in my own home. This freed me of the anguish of not being able to do things.”
Video courtesy of Newham Truro