Absolutely wonderful, the pavements have been cleared of hedges and brambles sprawling across them.
It means it is much easier for vision impaired people as well as pushchairs and scooters and everyone to use them.
Adur District Council have remembered all the property owners from last year and reminded them to clear their paths.
Hurrah and hooray, thank you sincerely.
I was appalled and I mean absolutely appalled, by this lady`s experiences, after just five years, though you can get to the severe state in just two years. Personally I have survived for eight years so far and I an still playing tennis even though I have total loss of central vision.
Based on my personal experiences
What can we do if or when it happens, the call to action;
Immediately start training your peripheral vision to take over as your dominant vision
Immediately start taking Lutein, 40 mg per day,
Be angry, very angry, that it`s happened to you
Channel that anger into helping you devise ways of checking that the road is clear, ways of doing things, of finding new activities, of creating new friendships,
Join a support group because they`ve all been through it
Keep active, go for walks (somewhere it`s green), get some good walking shoes, (much to my wife,,s horror I wore climbing boots every day everywhere for two years!)
Get better lighting at home and work and use bright colours
Think hard about how you can get the best from your smartphone
Think hard about everything you do to make it as successful as you can
And your support group will give you help with other things like kitchen gadgets and cooking
You can rebuild your self-reliance, resilience and self-confidence.
What can we do to stop it happening? There are no guarantees:
Take Lutein with Ziaxanthin supplement, 10 mg (upto 40 mg) per day from the moment you watch the video. (Not medically proven but I would sincerely recommend it. The video appalled me so do whatcever you can)
Naturally take a balanced diet, rich in kale, spinach etc
Wear sunglasses, particularly if you are blue eyed
Similarly wear a cap or other protection
Keep fighting fit because you will need to actively fight it and also keep your brain fit to fight it
Make sure you are up-to-date with smartphones Android or iphone
Speaker Simon. Not only do we inherit blue eyes, we have all survived the Black Death. It`s the same gene (Complement Factor H.) 30% of the population have one copy. They are 3 times more likely to have AMD. If you ave 2 copies you are 5 times more likely. There are also links to Lymes Disease.
Speaker David Crab of the Crab Lab is trying to accurately measure the extent of vision loss.
Speaker Bethany, a researcher into the sociology and effectiveness of support groups. Her preliminary findings are as follows:
– Knowledge and information
– Social getting together
– Sharing experiences
– Hints and tips
– Local pressure group.
Speaker Cathy Yelp, CEO Macular Society spoke about the New Ambition, which is to raise the profile of the charity with the objective of investing more into research.
We are unlikely to get a cure in time for ourselves so fundraising is for the next generations. All new funds to go for research.
Major research projects funded by the Society include Gene therapy; stem cells; delivery system for drops; 16 smaller research projects.
Increasing awareness, get more supporter, more members, families, friends of families and friends of friends, and lots more.
A very substantial task, we will all have to help.
As Cathy said the starting point is raising awareness.
If you want me to talk to your group, please contact me and we can make the necessary to arrange a visit.
Alan Titchmarsh was so wrong with vast amount of white both for the fencing and the wide marble-like paths with the added insult of topiary!
We give you Gorgeous Gardens for AMD people
The Key Components are probably:
Colour Contrasts are crucial.
Green is restful for the eyes.
White is great with green plants.
Yellow is bright and cheery.
Bright Red is good mixed with white.
Blue is good in vast banks , eg bluebells.
No pink (looks brown or dead) no brown (it is dead or dying,) no purple (as it looks like brown or black).
No mixed colours in one bloom as they blend into a mess or pink or brown.
So some suggestions and ideas are therefore are:
Hedges or shaped bushes of Forsythia or Hypericum (fences painted pale blue give a superb contrast ) In winter the sweet smelling shrubs. I also use Bay trees and Rosemary.
A Yellow bed, with polyanthus, daffodils, yellow tulips, yellow azalea, yellow dahlias, yellow gladioli, yellow chrysanthemums.
A Red and white bed: red tulips, Busa Lilies, roses, geraniums, peonies, dahlias, chrysanthemums.
An Orange bed: French Marigolds, orange osteospernums,.
A White bed, snowdrops, osteospernums, white flocks, white roses, white lilies, white dahlias, white chrysanthemums,
Kitchen garden of plants for touch or smell, eg sage, rosemary, mint, thyme, parsley, dwarf french beans, beetroot, leeks, onion sets (with Petunias), chives, garlic, lavender plus Tumbling Toms (some need a raised bed) and also night-scented stocks.
Wherever possible scented climbers, like jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis, sweet peas,.
Our AMD support Group in Shoreham is running and now has about fifteen members.
Five years after joining Sound Tennis some of us are now playing outdoors at the Sussex County LTC and using normal yellow balls on normal tennis courts.
With my wife we are still really enjoying our allotment actively running it throughout the year. We have leeks, sprouts and purple sprouting broccoli growing well.
I have noticed a gradual move to primary colours with good contrasts with green.
We enjoy the large print Scrabble.
I`m pleased to say that along the routes I use that the paths all not clear of overhanging branches, so its easy to make up my target step goal particularly with watering the allotment.
Finally I have recently joined Sussex Sailability and taken up sailing again; an exciting physical and mental challenge as I relearn how to make the yacht go faster so that we can win races!
(For new readers, I am Registered blind as I have total loss of central vision and this coupled with Wet AMD in my left eye. It all started about eight or nine years ago)
It would appear that we have 65000 cells normally in use in each eye but only 6500 for peripheral vision. Wit two eyes combined this arithmetically means that we only have ONE per cent of our original vision.
As tine goes on I find I am more prepared to do things that I thought were impossible.
I have decided that I stay positive, proactive and happy, everything else is looked after by my patron saint “San Fairy Anne”
So I try to be sociable, I try to help people at the AMD support group, I do speaking engagements for the macular Society.
I play tennis or rather I try to play tennis because it’s sociable it keeps me fit and because it forces me to train my eyes to follow the ball accurately. This has been dramatic in helping me get the most out of my eyes.
My wife and I love our allotment a we love being with our family..
I also go for walks out of the Downs and walks along the beach. I go to my favourite restaurants and cafes.
My right-hand man in achieving all these things is my smartphone. It’s a moto X from Motorola and it runs the best version of Android I’ve seen yet.
The latest version has larger text which is adopted by all the apps on the system and phenomenally it now has text to speech.
I love music and have a wide selection all on my smartphone and that collection is available to my hearing aids through Bluetooth connection as is my use of the TV. As I said phenomenal.
Oh yes by the way I’ve just had my 19th injection for wet AMD. Wonderful. It’s like opening the curtain.
England v EU: dragging us down to their standards(?), the maximum width of a path, clear of hedges, now seems to be 1.2m, “though vegetation may have to be cleared frequently.” This may be fine for “one powered wheelchair” but visually impaired people work from a wall not from the hedge and need the whole path width.
New members to be invited specifically the Police
Entrance to LiDL has zebra stripes across the entrance, can we have the same across entrance to Co-op and Dunelm in Ham Road , Southlands Hospital in Upper Shoreham Road, Tesco and Next car parks at Holmbush, and the new Shell garage on A259 [Community Service project?]
Refuges at road junctions along Upper Shoreham road 12, 17, 21 paces wide, and at Buckingham Road entrance and exit and Mill Lane.
System for helping people get Disability bus pass, Gary arranging for Ang… to contact me to sort out the problem. The disability bus pass is brilliant as it extends the day by a couple of hours.
Access on Public footpath over Shoreham lock gates to Southwick beach, now that the official cycle route uses this footpath. For the time being signs saying “Cyclists please let pedestrians go first”:
WSCC Beautiful Sussex Project, does the proposed ed crossing over the A283 for the South Downs Way include a refuge? There is also a need for some help where the Downs Link Path crosses the A283 towards Bramber.