Gwen Zimmerman is using the time when she can see to prepare for the time when she cannot.
Zimmerman, 87, said she lost sight in her right eye about three years ago, and it's only a matter of time until her left eye follows suit.
"That's what the doctors tell me," Zimmerman said. "I'm not totally blind, but I will be in a few years."
Zimmerman was one of about 15 senior citizens with vision problems who gathered Friday for a picnic at Pangborn Park in Hagerstown. The event was hosted by Blind Industries & Services of Maryland, an organization that uses state grant money to help visually impaired seniors.
Zimmerman said the group is helping her to learn Braille, walk with a cane and meet new friends.
"We're like a small family," Zimmerman said. "We help each other."
Roger Williamson, 60, said he was born blind. He uses his personal experiences to serve as a rehabilitation specialist with the group.