How do you know which exercises or activities improve balance?

By Ashley Hillman, Safe Communities’ Falls Prevention Program Manager

Did you know that there are certain types of exercise that are better for enhancing balance? Walking is great aerobic exercise for your overall health, but it’s actually not an activity that has been proven to help improve balance. However, dancing, pickleball, yoga, ping pong, and Tai Chi are examples of activities that DO improve balance, thus decreasing your risk of a fall. There are certain types of exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine that help improve balance. Let’s explore!

Static Balance means practicing while your feet or your seat are NOT moving. An example of this may be standing on one leg (maybe try it while you brush your teeth!). While practicing, it’s always a good idea to have a surface available for you to hold onto.

Dynamic Balance means practicing while your feet or your seat ARE moving. It might be time to pull out your dancing shoes because we’ve learned that dancing improves balance. In Dane County, we have Ballroom Basics for Balance™, a super fun dance class where you might learn the East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, or Waltz all while having fun and improving balance. Another example of practicing dynamic balance is stepping over something that might be in your path.

Dual-Task Training means doing something with your body then doing something else with your body OR your brain. This can be a tricky exercise, so while you want to challenge yourself, you don’t want it to be too difficult. Some examples might include walking sideways while counting backward or following a dance routine.

Strength building in the context of improving balance focuses on your legs and core (trunk) area. The goal is to be able to move your body while minimally using your arms and hands. We use our leg and core muscles for many daily activities, such as getting up from a chair, sitting into a chair, or stepping onto a sidewalk.

Now that we know which types of specific activities improve balance, it’s helpful to know how often or long one should engage in such activities. The recommendation is 3 hours per week, but these 3 hours can be broken into “snack size” activities. You don’t need to do them all at once. Incorporate activities into your daily routine. While you’re brushing your teeth, try standing on one leg. While cooking in the kitchen and moving to get something further down the counter, walk sideways and count backwards, all the while ensuring there is a counter or sturdy surface in reach should you need it. The key is to start small and gradually increase the challenge.

There are numerous community classes that have been identified as having the key components to improve balance. These include Tai Chi, dance, yoga, and numerous others that can be found on the Safe Communities website. If you see a “b” next to a class, you’ll know that it has been given the “Balance Stamp of Approval”. And if you’re currently taking a class and would like it to be evaluated to see if it contains the key types of activities to improve balance, contact Ashley Hillman at 608-235-1957 or ahillman@safercommunity.net. We hope to see you in one of Dane County’s many balance enhancing classes soon!

Local Home Safety Resources

Elderly man and woman participating in yoga

Home Safety Resources:

Safety Checklist from the CDC (PDF)

SSM Health Medical Equipment
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(800) 924-2273
https://www.homehealthunited.org/home-medical-equipment

All our retail stores have an extensive supply of home medical equipment and supplies to assist patients and caregivers with treatments and care as well as increase mobility, safety, independence and comfort.

 

SSM Health Voicecare (Personal Emergency Response System)
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(855) 332-6882
https://www.ssmhealth.com/health-at-home/community-health-resources/voicecare

Subscribers wear a pendant, and in the event of a fall or other emergency, pressing the activator button will alert monitoring personnel who will contact the subscriber to ensure they are safe, or will contact other designated emergency responders as needed. VoiceCare gives subscribers and their loved ones peace of mind knowing help is available with the push of a button.

 

S.A.F.E. at Home
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(608)223-7970
https://www.homehealthunited.org/community-health-services/safe-at-home

The program provides an initial in-home safety assessment, then six months of follow-up by a Medical Social Worker. After six months the participant is discharged from the program.

SAFE at Home Provides:

  • A basic home safety assessment
  • Review of medications by a pharmacist
  • Safety aids including a free pill box and night light
  • Home safety recommendations
  • Additional information about community fall prevention resources

 

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL)
Oakwood Village University Woods Campus
6209 Mineral Point Road #210
Madison, WI 53705
(608)230-4321
www.sailtoday.org

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) is a vibrant non-profit membership organization of people 55+ who reside in the Dane county area. SAIL members wish to remain active, independent, in their own homes, and socially connected, and have found that navigating the many changes brought on by age is much easier with the resources offered by SAIL. Membership includes referrals to pre-screened service providers, discounted emergency pendants, daily automated check-in service, house checks, shredding services, wellness services, social events and clubs, member-helping-member volunteer opportunities, discounts to Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs, Home Health United medical equipment, quarterly mattress flipping and other member perks!

 

Stoughton Hospital Lifeline
900 Ridge Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608)873-2372

https://stoughtonhealth.com/other-services/life-assist-medical-alert-systems-2/

Lifeline is an in-home emergency response system offered by Stoughton Hospital. Lifeline enables senior citizens, people with physical disabilities and others who may need extra assistance, to maintain independence by providing a simple and proven method of calling for help.

 

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
(available to veterans who qualify-contact your VA physician)

 

Adaptive Remodeling Solutions
6200 Sylvan Ln
Monona, WI 53716
(608)234-7440

http://www.adaptiveremodelingsolutions.com

Adaptive Remodeling Solutions, LLC work to provide older adults and individuals with special needs with the home remodeling solutions that they need to remain independent. This includes remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, and other home modifications that make a home more accessible.

 

Accessibility Plus
125 Garnet Ln.
Madison, WI 53714
(608) 335-6779

http://www.accessibilityplusonline.com

Accessibility Plus is focused exclusively on making the home a safer place for individuals who are physically challenged due to a disability or aging. Our in-home safety assessments and home safety modification services are provided by an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA).

 

Project Home
3841 Kipp St.
Madison, WI 53718
(608)246-3737

http://www.projecthomewi.org

Makes home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy improvements to make homes healthier, safer and to ease the financial burden of high energy bills for people who are struggling financially.

 

Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin
Home Medical Equipment and Supplies
2030 Pinehurst Drive
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 203-2273

http://www.uwhealth.org/homecare/home-medical-equipment-and-supplies/11177

Home Medical Equipment & Supplies services include:

  • Oxygen (concentrators, liquid and portables)
  • Sleep disorder evaluations and equipment
  • Home ventilators
  • Infant apnea monitors
  • Home beds and patient lifts
  • Mobility equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes,
    crutches, etc.)
  • Home medical supplies
  • Caregiver education programs
  • Clinical consultation and training
  • Clinical respiratory services
  • 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service

Beauty and the Beast: Winter in WI – Tips for Preventing a Fall this Winter

Person in winter boots walking on snowy street

Lately as we look out of our windows, we see the beauty of winter: glistening trees covered in ice and a white blanket of snow covering what was once green. For Wisconsinites, this particular season (while often beautiful) can pose many fall hazards to older adults. Falls are the #1 cause of injury death among adults 65+ in Wisconsin and are one of the top reasons for calls to EMS. 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Below are some tips to stay upright this winter.

Braving the cold, wintry weather to run errands, visit family, or just to get out of the house without a cell phone on your body can be detrimental and even deadly if you happen to fall outside. Always have a cell phone on your body that is easy to reach in the event you fall or are stranded and need to call for help. Waiting for someone to find you in brutal winter weather can result in not only an injury due to do a fall, but also hypothermia or frostbite.

Winters in Wisconsin are long, and with shorter days comes decreased sun exposure which could impact one’s Vitamin D levels. Talk with your doctor about Vitamin D and whether or not a supplement could be beneficial to help maintain strong bones and aid in other potential positive health outcomes.

The combination of shorter days and staying indoors due to harsh weather could lead to depression in older adults. These two factors, on top of Covid-19, have made social interaction even more difficult for our older population. We know that social interaction is key to good health – we need each other! Finding ways to engage with friends, family, and neighbors despite the weather is important, though it’s important to do so safely. Many health and fitness programs for older adults are now available over the phone or online. This may include Tai Chi, Stepping On, Ballroom Basics for Balance, yoga, and many others! Connect with your local senior center or the Aging and Disability Resource Center (608-240-7400) to find out what might be available. Set up a standing telephone or video coffee date with a friend or loved one to help stay connected.

“Drink Wisconsinbly” may be a funny tag line for a t-shirt or coffee mug, but it’s also a very real problem in our state and can lead to health issues or injuries, such as a fall. As our bodies age, we metabolize alcohol more slowly. And as older adults often take supplements and prescription medications, alcohol often does not interact favorably. Please talk with your doctor about safe alcohol consumption, and be mindful of alcohol intake, especially on those long winter nights that might be exacerbated by feelings of depression.

And be mindful of bringing potential winter hazards into your home! Health care providers recommend taking shoes off when entering your house because snow and ice might be tracked inside the house, thaw, thus creating very slippery patches of water on the floor. This can be another fall hazard.

As you’re gazing at the lovely winter scene outside, take a moment to go through a mental checklist of ways to stay safe: use yak trax or other grip devices on shoes, use a winterized cane tip, ensure sideways and driveways are clear of ice and snow, never leave home without your cell phone, keep kitty litter in your car to provide better traction on ice when getting out of the car in parking lots, institute a check-in system with a loved one or neighbor, and keep your body moving so muscles stay strong! And remember, winter will once again segue into spring.

Contact Ashley Hillman at Safe Communities for information about falls prevention activities in Dane County (608-235-1957).

Fall Prevention Classes: High Risk

Elder black man stretching in park

Referral to Physical Therapy

You may want to consider a physical therapist, preferably one with special training on older adult falls. Many physical therapists are trained to find out why you/your patient is falling, and help them with recovery solutions, such as strength and balance exercises to help reduce the chance of falling again.

Otago

One physical therapy program that has been shown to reduce falls among older adults is the Otago Falls Prevention Program (developed in New Zealand).

Fall Prevention Classes: Medium Risk

Elderly Women sitting and doing physical therapy activities with rubber rings

Stepping On

Stepping On is an evidence-based workshop meeting once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led by trained leaders who work with you and your classmates to help improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing medications, exploring the role of vision and falls, teaching strength and balance exercises, and offering help to improve your safety at home. Members of the class support each other’s efforts to take action to prevent falls. Older adults who may have balance problems or fear of falling are the best fit for this class. According to studies, people who complete Stepping On classes see a 31% reduction in falls. A Stepping On workshop costs $35 for the seven week session and includes the reunion class.

An additional 15-30 minutes will be added to the first class of the workshop series to complete paperwork (surveys and data collection).

For research on Stepping on from the CDC, click here.

Available Workshops: 

IN-PERSON – Harbor Athletic Club

2529 Allen Blvd., Middleton

Wednesdays, June 8 – July 17 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

To register, contact the Harbor Athletic Club at 608-831-6500.

Cost: $35 for workshop series; For questions, email Marcy at marcy@harborathletic.com

IN-PERSON – Waunakee Senior Center

333 S. Madison St., Waunakee

Fridays, June 17 – July 29 from 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, contact the Waunakee Senior Center at 608-849-8385.

Cost: $35 for workshop series

 

Tai Chi Fundamentals™

Available Classes:

Madison Senior Center –

Participants encouraged to take Goodman Community Center’s Virtual Tai Chi Class (call 608-241-1574 for information)

Goodman Community Center: Tai Chi Fundamental Form –

Please call Goodman Community Center for information about virtual Tai Chi (608) 241-1574

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR): Tai Chi-Multiple Styles

Contact MSCR for program guide and information about Goodman Rotary 50+ Classes: 608-204-3023

Fall Prevention Classes: Mild Risk

Older man and women doing tai chi in the park in spring

Living Falls Free

Living Falls Free is a practical falls risk reduction exercise class. Course content includes learning the exercises of the as well as learning falls reduction strategies specific for your life. Class includes a take-home exercise program and pre/post performance testing. This is a moderate level class with walking, rocker boards, strength work and exercise at standing, chair and floor level. Gait dynamics and movement technique are emphasized.

Click Here for Summer 2022 Session

Wednesdays, June 15 – August 17 from 10:30am – 11:30am

Cost: $152 (some discounts available)

UW Health Sports Medicine Center

621 Science Drive, Madison

To Register: Call 263-7936 or visit www.uwhealth.org/LFF for more information

 

Balancing Act

This program is designed to increase balance and decrease the risk of falling by using tai chi movements and principles. Standing and chair-based exercises are adapted to individual needs. Classes are held at Madison School & Community Recreation locations.  Click here to visit the MSCR website for more details.

Available Classes: Call 608-204-3023 

 

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR offers multiple classes which can improve balance and help prevent falls. The “B” (for balance) symbol identifies exercise classes that help prevent falls in older adults. The “B” classes incorporate both balance and strength training. Scientific literature has shown balance training to be the best exercise for fall prevention.
https://www.mscr.org/our-programs/50-fitness-programs

Fall Prevention Classes: Low Risk

Two older white haired men bowling

Balancing and Strength Exercises

Research shows that to reduce chances of falling, people must include balance and strength exercises that are progressive (get more challenging over time), and that are practiced for at least 50 hours over 15 weeks. Anyone interested in preventing falls should add these activities to their daily and weekly routine. And it’s important to keep going – any improvements to balance can be lost quickly if we don’t keep it up. And keep walking, swimming, stretching – or moving any way you like – it’s worth it!

 

Ballroom Basics for Balance™

Challenge your balance and make it better with basic moves of ballroom dance!  Research shows that dance is one way to improve balance and reduce falls. This class is for you if:

  • You want to get better at walking or moving around on various surfaces, both inside and outside (like carpets, grass, and snowy walkways).
  • You have had at least one fall in the past year or have a fear of falling.
  • You are able to participate in medium-difficult activity without major health symptoms (like chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness).
  • You are able to move about on your own with or without a device to help you.
  • You can hear and see well enough to participate in a group class.
  • You are interested in having fun!

You will learn basic movements of traditional smooth and Latin style ballroom dances with and without music; you can practice on your own or with a partner in this group class.  We will learn to dance while learning about improving balance.  No experience or partner needed! Taught by physical therapists and other health care professionals.

Available Classes: Virtual and Outdoor Classes Now Available!! Check the website for additional information:  https://www.ballroombasicsforbalance.org

 

Ageless Balance – Virtual 

Regain your balance with simple and safe seated and standing exercises that can be modified for any fitness level. Information will be provided about how to prevent falls. This class is designed to improve balance, as well as strength, endurance, and flexibility, while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Free exercise equipment provided when you register.

Virtual classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30pm – 2:15pm.

Click here to register and for more information: https://agelessbalance.com/class-registration/

Cost: $20/month

 

Monona Senior Center Tai Chi & Ice Cream (Outdoors)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Grand Crossing Park, 6320 Inland Way (intersects Bridge Rd.), Monona
Seven Mondays, 11:00am – 12:00pm
June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25
For registration information, contact Monona Senior Center, 608-222-3415
Cost: $5 per class

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Tai Chi Meditation (Outdoors)

Instructor – Jody Curley
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Two five-week summer sessions in the Gardens
June 13 – July 18 (no class July 4); July 25-August 22
Register through Olbrich Botanical Gardens, http://www.olbrich.org, 608-246-4550

 

Verona Senior Center Cup of Chi (Zoom)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Tuesdays, 11:30am – 12:15pm
Ongoing
For registration information, contact Jody Curley – jodycurley@gmail.com
$5 per class

 

Monona Senior Center Cup of Chi (Zoom)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Thursdays, 11:30am – 12:15pm
Ongoing
For registration information, contact the Monona Senior Center, 608-222-3415
$5 per class

 

Verona Senior Center Tai Chi Balance (Zoom)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Fridays, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Ongoing
For registration information, contact Jody Curley, jodycurley@gmail.com
$5 per class

 

Tai Chi Chuan Short Form and Long Form (Alternating Zoom and Outdoors)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:00am, William CC Chen 60 Movements Short Form
Saturdays, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 132 Movement Yang Style Long Form Review
For registration information, contact Jody Curley, jodycurley@gmail.com
$5 per class

 

Strength Stretch Balance – Virtual

Exercise class done standing and sitting with an emphasis on resistance exercise, mobility and range of motion, and balance (no getting down on the floor)

Instructor: Marlene Storms

  • Mon: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • Tues: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Wed: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Thurs: 10:30am – 11:30am

Supplies Needed: armless chair, hand weights, towel or small ball (larger than a tennis ball, smaller than a soccer ball), water; optional: ankle weights

Cost: $50/month per household (includes Plank/Floor classes)

To register, contact Marlene Storms at thedailyfitwithmarlene@outlook.com

 

Plank/Floor – Virtual

More intense exercise class with emphasis on resistance exercise, mobility and range of motion, and balance

Instructor: Marlene Storms

  • Mon: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Thurs: 9:30am – 10:20am

Supplies Needed: yoga mat, hand weights, water

Cost: $50/month per household (includes Strength Stretch Balance classes)

To register, contact Marlene Storms at thedailyfitwithmarlene@outlook.com

 

Mindful Movement:

Program designed for seniors but open to any adult interested.

Get Movin: A gentle exercise program for every fitness level.

Instructor: Venus Washington

Website:  http://www.venuswashington.com  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBFmfieqTuCIwk8CWqllJeA

*Please check website about virtual class availability

 

Madison Circus Space’s Beginning German Wheel:

A circus art that uses the wheel, an apparatus made of metal hoops connected with spokes. Completely supervised, this is a fun and totally different way to be active and fit!

Instructor: Carly Schuna

Website: https://madisoncircusspace.com
*Classes on hold now due to COVID-19

 

Movnat Madison’s Barefoot Fitness Class:

Natural movement fitness classes combine breath work, mobility, strength training, and cardio. In each class, you will be exposed to a variety of movements such as manipulative skills (lifting, carrying, throwing and catching) and locomotive skills (walking, running, balancing, jumping, vaulting, and climbing). Adjustments can be made to allow participants to work at their current level. Their coach is uniquely qualified to help you progress in these natural movements so you can reclaim your health and movement freedom.

Instructor: Rock Hancock

Website: http://www.movnatmadison.com
*Classes are both in-person and virtual at this time

 

Tai Chi Center of Madison

Tai Chi Fundamentals – The Tai Chi Fundamentals Program offers a clear system for mastering the basics of tai chi while retaining the integrity of traditional Yang Style tai chi (Cheng Man Ch’ing lineage). This program is designed to make tai chi clear and accessible for beginners with a wide range of abilities, and for experienced practitioners wishing to refine essential groundwork.

ROM Dance/Gentle Exercise- The ROM Dance is a gentle mind/body exercise and relaxation program designed especially for people with pain and other physical conditions which may limit movement. “ROM” stands for Range-Of-Motion exercises recommended by doctors and therapists to help keep the joints flexible. The ROM Dance incorporates these movements with basic mind/body principles from tai chi, and is accompanied by quiet music and a verse that evokes light, warmth and well being.

Instructor: Rachel Sandretto

Websites: http://taichicenterofmadison.com/fund.shtml   http://taichicenterofmadison.com/rom.shtml

*Please call for information about in-person and virtual classes 608-663-8299

Yang (Cheng Man Ch’ing/Taiwan Form) All Levels – Tai chi is a form of qigong (energy cultivation). Based in martial arts movements, tai chi provides training in proper body mechanics and natural alignment. It fosters a relaxed body and a peaceful state of mind, which are essential ingredients for cultivating healthy energy or qi.

Instructor: Doug Brown

Website: http://taichicenterofmadison.com/yang.shtml#cheng

*Please call for information about in-person and virtual classes 608-663-8299

Yang 1 Beginner Tai Chi

Yang 2 – 3 Intermediate Tai Chi

Tai chi is a form of qigong (energy cultivation). Based in martial arts movements, tai chi provides training in proper body mechanics and natural alignment. It fosters a relaxed body and a peaceful state of mind, which are essential ingredients for cultivating healthy energy or qi.

Instructor: Bruce Aunet

Website: http://taichicenterofmadison.com/yang.shtml

*Please call for information about in-person and virtual classes 608-663-8299

 

Virtual Senior Strength and Stretch – Hosted by Newbridge

Mondays and Wednesdays, ongoing
9:00am – 9:45am (except public holidays)
$20/month to access all Monday/Wednesday classes
Contact Becky Otte-Ford to sign up at 608-215-4119 or raonine@gmail.com

 

Steppin’ Classes

Available Classes: No Line Dancing and Steppin’ Classes available at this time

Start Exercising: Local Exercising Resources

Elderly man and woman participating in yoga

Safe Communities

2453 Atwood Ave., Ste 210
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 441-3060
www.safercommunity.net
Learn about community resources and classes (both evidence-based and evidence-informed) that could help prevent a fall. Classes include Stepping On, Living Falls Free, Tai Chi Fundamentals, Moving for Better Balance, Ballroom Basics for Balance.

 

UW Health Faint and Fall Clinic

University Hospital
600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
(608) 890-8400
http://www.uwhealth.org/locations/clinic_detail.jsp?sublocationId=364

The Mobility and Falls Clinic is for our older adults who may be at risk for losing independence, who are experiencing:

  • Recurrent falls with or without physical injury
  • Fear of falling with functional consequences
  • Declining mobility and function

 

Madison School & Community Recreation 50+ Programs

(608) 204-3023
http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/50-fitness-programs

MSCR 50+ programs include aqua exercise, strength training, low impact fitness, yoga, Tai Chi, golf, walking clubs and many more at affordable prices.

Local Vision Resources

Elderly man and woman participating in yoga

Local Vision Resources:

Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1 W. Wilson St.
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659
(888)-879-0017

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/blind/index.htm

Program description: Services for eligible consumers to meet their independent living goals may include:

  1. Vision Rehabilitation Therapy services constitute the broad array of skills needed to teach individuals who are blind or visually impaired to function independently at home and/or in a work environment, and to participate in community life. These include communication techniques, activities of daily living, personal management, home management, leisure management, medical management, indoor orientation, and community integration.
  2. Low Vision Therapy services screen and assess functional visual abilities and visual deficits using specialized evaluation instruments. In collaboration with an ophthalmologist and/or optometrist who manage eye health and treatment, a Low Vision Therapist provides training in the use of low vision equipment, techniques, and environmental modifications for enhanced visual functioning.
  3. Orientation and Mobility services are provided in a sequence of instruction to individuals with visual impairment in the use of their remaining senses to determine their position within the environment, and in techniques for safe movement from one location to another.
  4. Accessible computer technology service providers, specific to computer accessibility for individuals who are blind, help individuals with visual disabilities acquire and use appropriate accessible computer technology to assist them in activities of daily living, employment and education.
  5. Information and referral about and to community resources, including peer support groups, that will help meet individualized consumer needs.
  6. Assisting the consumer in understanding the medical and psychosocial aspects of visual impairments, and provide individual advocacy training.
  7. Other independent living services.

 

University of Wisconsin Eye Clinic
2880 University Ave
University Station
Madison, WI 53705
(608)263-7171

Website

Program Description: Provides eye exams (only) for uninsured and underinsured patients. (Lions Club may cover cost of glasses, for City of Madison residents only). Referrals are made from outside agencies or clinics, including, but not limited to: Access Community Health Centers, MEDiC Clinics, Porchlight, Public Health Madison and Dane County, Safe Haven Transitional Housing, The Salvation Army and school nurses. Clinic is run by two residents and one faculty once a month. Appointments should be made by referring clinic following a financial screening. Patients requiring a follow-up appointment during regular clinic hours will be billed a full-fee clinic visit. Financial arrangements can be made by contacting UW Hospital and Clinics Business Office.

 

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
754 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608)255-1166

http://wcblind.org/

Program Description: Online catalog, Sharper Vision Store, providing adaptive products for people with vision loss

  • Braille and tactile aids (equipment sales, training, information, client evaluation, and product demonstration)
  • Low vision aids (equipment sales, training, information, client evaluation, and product demonstration)
  • Daily living aids (sales, training, information, client evaluation, and product demonstration)
  • Blind mobility aids (sales, training, information, and client evaluation)