Sight loss charity the Macular Society has joined forces with Hamberley Care Homes to launch a new support group in Newton Mearns, which aims to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular disease.
The Newton Mearns Macular Society Support Group will meet for the first time on Thursday 22 August, from 2pm until 3.30pm, at Newton House, North Greenlaw Way, Newton Mearns G77 6TQ, and then on the fourth Thursday of each month.
The ongoing aim of the group will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease.
Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk. The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.
Jamie Cuthbertson, Macular Society regional manager, said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular disease and we want to encourage people to come along. The meetings will be very informal occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Friends and family are also very welcome.
“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.”
Helen Hendrie, home manager at Newton House, said that the home was looking forward to welcoming the new group.
She said: “We’re delighted that we can host the new group in our home. It’s such a fantastic way to help people affected by macular disease, whether that’s through asking questions, forming friendships or getting any other type of support that they need.”
Photo: Generic macular support group