Vision loss is a broad term and people struggle with it to varying extent. It can range from blurriness in the vision to complete blindness and as a result of this, navigating life can be challenging. This might be especially so if the blindness set on as a result of old age and happens suddenly. However, as a caregiver or a relative, it’s important that you try your best to keep the spirits of your loved one high, which can be most easily done through fun activities. Read on for our list of top activities for vision loss that can keep that special person in your life feeling joyous!
Arts and Crafts
Sculpting with modeling clay or sand instead of knitting can be a good alternative for those with low vision. There are classes you can bring your loved one to that are catered specifically to the needs of visually impaired individuals.
Listening to Audiobooks or Podcasts
For those elderly loved ones who enjoyed reading, the development of audiobooks and podcasts makes it easier than ever to continue on with this passion despite vision loss. You can help them download these books onto their electronic devices and they will be glad to experience the magic of a good book again.
Going on walks with you is still an activity that your loved one can enjoy. Not only is this engaging, it is also good for their health and ensures that they get sufficient movement so that they retain their mobility as an older adult.
If your loved one enjoyed gardening before their loss of vision, there are ways to adapt the activity to make it easy for them to continue on with their hobby even if they have difficulty seeing. For starters, you can work together with them to label and separate containers so that it’s easy for them to identify what goes in where. They might have to learn to opt for container gardening but you would be surprised, there are a variety of different vegetables, flowers and herbs that can grow in them!
Games that you might have played when you were younger with your elderly loved one can still be played, however, you might need to make slight adaptations to these games to make them suited to the needs of your loved ones. There have been many games that have been adapted for those who are visually impaired, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno, Dominoes and many more. These game manufacturers have modified the games to be in braille so that your loved one who might be struggling to see clearly can still join in during these games!
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If your loved one is struggling with their vision and health, moving into a senior living community that offers them an extensive range of amenities to improve their quality of living can be an option that you look for! To find out more about our senior living community, contact us today to find out more about life here.