Stories of Hope

These stories are just some of the ways training and support helped Lighthouse clients make progress towards their goals despite their challenges to independence.




Linda Success Story
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Linda: Coming Home After Surgery

Linda was able to rehabilitate safely at home after surgery, rather than in medical center, due to Lighthouse Tech for Healthy Aging services.  
Ken Success Story
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Ken: Using Technology for His Independence

Ken’s story shows how comprehensive, high tech solutions and training can enhance safety, vital living and aging in place  – even in situations that seem very difficult.  

Mara: What I Learned in a Gymnasium with a Group of Blind Boys

I am not a native to gymnasiums. Gyms give me flashbacks of Junior High; sitting on benches, feeling left out and disinterested. In general, I have not in all my years, appreciated physical sports. However, when you give birth to a son who runs fast and plays hard, you resign yourself to at least making a sporty effort.




Krista: Regaining Confidence and Independence

Krista had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was five years old, but managed her condition without any complications for most of her life. Before her vision loss, she had worked in a variety of office positions and enjoyed reading, biking, rollerblading, camping, beading, and sketching.


Marcus: The Opportunity to be Independent

Marcus is outgoing and bright, but his life can be challenging. He uses a power wheelchair, and he is unable to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes. He enjoyed using his computer, but relied on someone else to do certain steps. It was important to Marcus and his employability that he learn to use adaptive technology so he could use the computer independently, without assistance.

Seija: Technology and Quality of Life

In 2018 Seija reported that she had given up and was sad because life was so hard due to her significant vision loss from macular degeneration. An immigrant from Finland, Seija lives with her husband on Minnesota’s Iron Range.


Joyce: Empowered

Despite significant vision loss due to macular degeneration, and the loss of her husband 6 years ago, Joyce is living a full and independent life in her own home.  How is she doing this?  In 2017, Joyce’s daughter heard about the Lighthouse through a medical professional.  She encouraged her mom to seek services, and soon, Lynne, a Lighthouse occupational therapist, visited Joyce’s home.  And over several sessions, Lynne taught Joyce how to keep doing the things she loves, despite her low vision.