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Bronx Veterans Administration Low Vision Seminar Held at Kittay House

Veterans medical facility is across the street from Kittay House

 

On January 19th, Kittay’s Fox auditorium was bustling with healthcare professionals, Kittay residents, community friends, family members and guests for a first-time Low Vision Seminar presented by the James J. Peters Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.

Natasha Mlotek, a Veterans Administration Vision Specialist, provided valuable information about benefits and eligibility for elder veterans who are blind or visually impaired. Enrollment in the VA healthcare system offers vets a vast range of services including: vision training and counseling, home improvements and structural alterations, low vision devices, talking books and a myriad of other types of assistance. Natasha shared specifics about the VA’s services that improve the quality of life of our military heroes.

The Medical Center is located directly across the street from the Kittay campus. Its convenience is paramount for tenants who are also United States veterans. For Kittay House tenant Saul Volin, who served in the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant from 1942–1945, it’s been a life- and budget-changer. While VA services were always available to him, it wasn’t until he moved to Kittay that he went there for his free-of-charge prescription eyeglasses and hearing aids.

At 98 years old, Paul Goldschlag takes a taxi across the way for his VA eye care services. His wife, Sylvia, 93, confides, “It’s a much nicer and newer building than the VA we went to in Florida. The $4.00 cab ride is worth it.”

The VA and Kittay are currently collaborating in a memory research project. Kittay tenants are enthusiastic about their role in the study.