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5 Ideal Activities for Older Adults with Limited Vision

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Many elderly adults experience varying degrees of vision loss late in life. With help from a professional caregiver, seniors with impaired vision can continue to take part in activities, games, and hobbies. Colorado Springs elder home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

With a little creative thinking and some modified devices, seniors who cannot see well can still have fun. Activities and games can benefit seniors in many ways, like:

  • Strengthening cognitive skills
  • Enhancing memory
  • Alleviating depression
  • Reducing muscle and joint stiffness and discomfort
  • Increasing longevity 

1. Bingo

There are numerous ways to adapt bingo game cards to accommodate a senior who has difficulty seeing. Some facilities allow seniors to bring their own cards, and your loved one can choose enlarged cards featuring braille or letters up to ¾” in height. Your loved one might also consider using a handheld magnifying glass to see the letters and numbers clearly. Sitting at a table that does not have glare may also help. 

2. Playing Cards

Conventional playing cards are available in a large selection of styles. Cards for seniors with vision impairment feature enlarged letters, numbers, and suit depictions, which makes them easier to read. Some have darker backgrounds, which makes them easier to see against a light-colored table. A senior diagnosed as totally blind may enjoy playing with cards with 13 braille letters and numbers. Seniors who enjoy playing cribbage can benefit from boards with contrasting-colored holes. 

3. Scrabble

Many households are familiar with Scrabble, and seniors should be able to continue enjoying the game despite vision impairment. There are many ways to make the game more visible to a senior with limited vision. Put a dark cloth over the table to contrast with the color of the board. Use a desk lamp or other lighting devices to light up the playing field. A handheld magnifying glass can be used to magnify the letters, the squares, and the writing on the board. Scrabble boards that have been adapted for vision impairment look similar to a giant waffle. The squares on the board feature raised edges that hold the letter tiles in place. The bonus squares have large print and braille. 

4. Gardening

Seniors who once enjoyed gardening can be assisted to continue this fruitful pastime. Surround the garden area with material that is different from the planting area. Materials could include wood chips, pavers, or a wooden walkway. Demarcate rows by inserting a post on either end of a row and tie a string from one end to the other. Individual planting spots can also be marked with Popsicle sticks. These basic tips can help visually-impaired seniors navigate the area. 

If your senior loved has vision loss and needs help navigating the home or managing the tasks of daily living, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Get in touch with Home Care Assistance to find out how a Colorado Springs, CO, caregiver can help your aging loved one live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Our caregivers are available 24/7, all of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

5. Tandem Cycling

For active, healthy seniors, a bike ride can be fun. On a bicycle built for two, you can ride in the front while your loved one brings up the rear. As you journey down the road, describe the scenery to your loved one and also tell him or her when you need to turn or break. This activity not only provides your loved one the chance to enjoy fresh air, but it is also great for his or her cardiovascular and muscular systems. 

Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Colorado Springs, CO, respite home care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities. Call (719) 822-1229 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager.

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