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Lighthouse for the Blind is just a call away

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Daisy Hogue's world got a lot smaller as she grew a little older.

"It was very quick," she recalled. "I was working and driving up until 2005. And all of a sudden I started to lose my peripheral vision."

No longer able to drive, her vision is so poor that she needs help with the simplest of tasks. The training she and others receive at Lighthouse for the Blind give seniors the one thing they need most: their freedom.

More than 100,000 people in Florida are legally blind. Half of all those with limited vision are on social security.

Most blind women live alone. Christa Neubauer is a widow who saw her father go blind while he aged.

"But he never had a lighthouse and never had much help and I'm so fortunate."

As longevity increases and baby boomers age, the need for help and training will only grow. Something now that's currently a bargain -- it's free.

Christa is glad she called.

"I'm looking forward to living well on my own."

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