Social Group and Health Activities Classes (SGA)
A wide range of classes and activities designed for life enrichment are available at Miami Lighthouse. These programs encourage the clients to remain active in the community through field trips, exercise classes, arts and crafts, support groups, language classes and other areas of interest.
Miami Lighthouse has partnered with local organizations to provide fun and interactive recreational activities.
primary goal of the Social Group Health and Activities Program (SGA) is to
facilitate independence and enhance socialization skills for older adults
with significant and uncorrectable vision loss. This is a therapeutic
program of social and health services that individuals in our community
are unable to access in other locations due to the fact that Miami
Lighthouse is the sole provider in Miami-Dade County offering professional
vision rehabilitation along with health related services.
Because one-third SGA participants are diabetic and often this is the
reason for vision loss (diabetic retinopathy), a registered dietitian
provides one-on-one one nutritional counseling one morning a week.
Therapeutic services are provided along with instruction on access
technology, ESOL and adult basic education and support groups.
SGA offers activities that aid in perfecting one’s blindness skills.
Ceramics and Arts and Crafts improve dexterity, necessary for Braille
comprehension. Instruction on accessible technology and music therapy are
also offered. Fitness and wellness activities include exercise and
lectures with group discussions, Field trips to local parks, and areas of
interest. One in four people with macular degeneration develop clinical
depression. Such seniors suffering from age-related vision loss remain
isolated in their home, and the SGA Program helps them overcome depression
and gives them the opportunity to interact with visually impaired peers in
a socializing environment. In 2015, 144 clients were served with 34,587
hours of service.
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Thanks to a generous grant from The Able Trust, Miami Lighthouse is able to provide access to state-of-the-art computers equipped with assistive programs for people who are blind or visually impaired to practice computer familiarization skills. Miami Lighthouse clients and other community members who are blind or visually impaired are welcome to utilize these computers.
Miami Lighthouse is supportive of various blindness and community organizations in the community. Groups such as the National Federation for the Blind, American Council for the Blind,
Union de Ciegos Hispanos en los Estados Unidos, Florida Families of Children who are Visually Impaired and others host meetings at Miami Lighthouse. We welcome other support groups and community organizations to utilize our facilities.
For more information about our SGA department please contact Alejandra Escalona (email@example.com