Low vision diagnosis is quite common amongst older adults, due to many of the diseases that can cause it to be also more common in that age group. According to the National Eye Institute, low vision is an eye problem that hinders daily activities, and cannot be rectified with glasses, contacts, medicine, or surgery. If you have an older family member who has received such a diagnosis, you might be concerned about the disruptions to their social activities. In this article, you can find some activities for those with low vision.
Audiobooks And Podcasts
Audiobooks and podcasts have grown in popularity in recent years, and most are available for both Apple and Android. Podcasts cover news and various topics, so your loved one is sure to find at least one that is down their alley. They can be accessed on places such as Spotify and National Public Radio. Audiobooks can be borrowed from your local library, purchased from retailers, or found online for free at sites such as Open Culture or apps like Libby.
Go for walks together in the neighborhood or the nearby park to keep the body active and get some sunshine. Another activity would be to do some gardening in the backyard. They won’t need a big space to do so, it can just be simple small plots of flowers or plants. If you are staying in an apartment and do not have a yard, house plants are also a good option and are easy to care for.
Listen to Music
Play their favorite songs using online music streaming services like Spotify or Pandora, or tune in to their favorite radio station. It helps to have some sounds at home and keep them occupied with something to listen to. They will be happy to hear the songs and perhaps even engage in a little home karaoke by singing along!
Board games and card games are great options, as they can be played with friends and grandchildren. The best thing is some companies offer special editions of games for those with poorer vision. There are large-print versions of games such as bingo, playing cards, or Monopoly. Organizing regular game sessions would add joy to their schedule, and it would be an opportunity to bond with the friends or family members they play these games with.
Arts And Crafts
The typical craft activities people in their age group engage in are usually sewing or knitting. However, there are many other interesting craft activities out there you can consider letting your loved one try. Some increasingly popular craft activities include coloring pages, freestyle painting, clay sculpting, and making collages using old newspapers or magazines. They are sure to enjoy unleashing their creativity.
Health And Wellness at Terrabella Hendersonville
At Terrabella Hendersonville, our Celebrations Health and Wellness Program ensures our residents are kept active through the social activities planned daily by us, and this focus includes making sure the activities cater to their various health conditions such as low vision. If you would like to know more about the programs we offer, contact us today.