New Macular Society support group in Pontyclun

Sunday, 27 August 2017

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A new support group is being launched to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular degeneration.

The Macular Society, together with local people, has organised the group, which meets at Royal Glamorgan Hospital on the first Wednesday of every month. The ongoing aim of the group will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by the condition.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. More people are affected as our population ages.

Adele Francis, Macular Society regional manager, said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

“The group will invite guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including macular conditions and their impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea.”

The Macular Society is inviting anyone affected by the condition to join them for the group’s first meeting on Wednesday, September 6 from 2pm – 4pm in rooms 3 and 4, Postgraduate Centre, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ynysmaerdy, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf (CF72 8XR).

For more information on the group, or macular degeneration, call the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email help@macularsociety.org

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