As your loved one grows older, there may be certain types of games that become more challenging for them to play due to changes in their body. The days when they used to run around playing catch with you might be behind them but it doesn’t mean that there’s no way for them to have fun with them. If your loved one is struggling with hearing loss due to age, here are some ways that you can adapt the games you play with them to keep them, and yourself, entertained while spending time with them. These are all games that don’t require you to hear if you play them, which makes it easy for your elderly loved one to be engaged in these activities without much of a struggle.
Board games do not require you to interact or talk to others most of the time, as they are mainly intellectual games that do not require teamwork. This is especially so if you play games such as checkers, chess and scrabble. These are quiet games that you can play anywhere and are not as fast-paced as other games, which might be overwhelming for your elderly loved one. All your loved one needs to do is look at the tiles or pieces on the board to play the game. Board games are great because they can last for hours and this makes for meaningful bonding time with your loved one.
If your loved one is agile and good with their hands, then foosball can be a great option. It does not require you to speak as the players are usually highly engaged in the game, which is why verbal communication is not necessary.
Not all video games are suitable for individuals struggling with hearing loss so we have compiled a list of games that are accessible and do not require you to hear the words of the characters to have fun. Additionally, in some of these games, you can turn on awareness indicators, visual signals, captions and vibration cues that might make it easier for your loved one to play this game.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Apex Legends
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Immortals Fenyx Rising
- The Last Of Us Part II
Charades might need a slight modification made to it to make the game enjoyable for your loved one with hearing loss. For example, you cannot use actual signed words and everything has to be acted out otherwise the fun might be taken out of the game!
Why Choose Spring Mill?
If your loved one enjoys having fun in their golden years, our extensive range of amenities and experienced team members are bound to make this possible for them. You are sure to find a loving community here for you and foster new social connections with the new people you meet, whether they are team members and other residents. If this sounds like the community for you, contact us today to find out more about life in our senior living community.