Th’EYES Have It!

Seniors experience many physical and emotional changes in the last third of their lives. The younger set can relate to some of those changes, but some conditions are harder to empathize with than others. Chronic pain, lessened mobility, and delayed recall illustrate just a few of the irritating and depressing symptoms that may come with older age. Another, less-publicized, change affects the eyes. Seniors may succumb to several eye ailments, which the general population doesn’t thoroughly understand. With proper training, businesses, community groups, friends, and family could help seniors adjust more easily to these vision challenges.

Senior Care Orlando FL - Th’EYES Have It!Kim and Melanie Lee are both certified facilitators for the Senior Sensitivity Training Program, “Through the Eyes of a Senior (Th’EYES). This program, developed through the Orange County Government Office and Commission on Aging, helps average-sighted participants get behind the eyes of people who are suffering from glaucoma, macular degeneration, developing cataracts, and other diseases. Empathy for others begins with actively working to put yourself in their shoes – or behind their glasses. The program gives participants the experience of trying to read a newspaper, find their place on a map, or follow directions – with the challenge of eye-sight difficulties. They have tasks to perform, with glasses that emulate the diseases, so that they can “see” how those with the diseases see. It’s a consciousness-raising experience that will encourage more empathetic responses toward our seniors.

Please contact us if you would like to have your office or group go through this interactive training to become more empathetic toward those with changing vision. It could redirect the way you do business or interact with your friends, neighbors, and family members.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Senior Care Services in Orlando FL, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today.  Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.


About Kim Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Kim Lee is the President and Administrator. Kim earned his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Kim practiced law as a shareholder for the prominent Orlando firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, et al. for many years, and then as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department for Bogin, Munns & Munns. In 2001, Kim joined Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national Durable Medical Equipment company with annual sales of $500 million. The Rotech Board appointed him Chief Legal Officer in 2013. Kim has chaired a nonprofit board and volunteered in many capacities, including key leadership roles in his downtown Orlando church. As leader of Flourish in Place, Kim combines many years of legal experience as an attorney, and business acumen as a national healthcare company senior executive, with a strong passion for the mission of helping others flourish.
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