Gratitude for the Philanthropic Vision of Nancy Fisher
Earlier this summer, we learned that Society for the Blind was one of the recipients of the new Nancy and Hank Fisher Senior Initiatives Fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. This gift ensures our Senior IMPACT Project will be able to meet the growing need for services for older adults with vision loss in our region.
Over the past few years, Nancy Fisher has shown her deep commitment to seniors and has contributed to our Senior IMPACT Project. Her generosity is part of the legacy she and her late husband, Hank Fisher, built through their outstanding senior residential properties. Aging with grace and dignity, staying active and having access to resources that allow an older adult to be independent are important to Nancy.
“I am pleased to support Society for the Blind’s mission of assisting the visually impaired,” Nancy said. “I’m particularly interested in providing such support to seniors in our community who avail themselves of the services provided by Society. This would include services that are provided in their facility, but also outreach services for those who live independently and are unable to travel to the Sacramento facility.”
By 2030, one in five Californians will be age 65 or older. Nearly a third of these older adults will also have vision loss. Glaucoma, Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Cataracts are the leading causes of vision loss and blindness for people age 55 and older. Challenges with carrying out activities of daily living due to vision loss often lead to a decrease in activities and independence. But with training, such as that offered in our Senior IMPACT Project, older adults learn non-visual skills to carry out those daily activities so they can remain active.
Thanks to Nancy’s philanthropic vision, agencies serving older adults in the Sacramento region will be able to meet the needs of seniors into the future. Society for the Blind is deeply grateful to Nancy and honored to be one of the beneficiaries of the Nancy and Hank Fisher Senior Initiatives Fund.