Some aging adults withdraw into themselves when their vision starts to fail. They may worry that they’ll hurt themselves or that there’s nothing that they can really do that they used to do. That doesn’t have to be the case at all.
Reading and Enjoying Books and Magazines
Your senior may know all about audiobooks, but there are ways to get audio assistance with all sorts of books, magazines, and even newspapers even without an official audiobook version. Many tablets or electronic readers offer the ability to turn on a feature that allows the device to “read” the content. Another option, especially if you can’t be there with your senior, is to hire elder care providers who can offer companionship and a friendly voice to read other things to your senior, like her mail or almost anything else.
Working with Tactile Crafts
Even with limited vision your senior can still make some amazing art. Tactile art projects, such as using clay, can be a lot of fun. Many senior centers offer art classes that use a variety of different materials and techniques that might be fun for your senior to try. Giving art a try even when she’s using other senses rather than her vision can give your senior a different perspective on art.
Your elderly family member might enjoy simply moving to some music now and again. This definitely doesn’t require your senior to have excellent vision, but keep in mind that she might feel a little off balance if she’s not able to see well at all. Make sure that she’s got something to hold onto in case she starts to feel less than steady.
You might think that making music could be difficult if your elderly family member can’t see well enough to read sheet music, but there are other ways that she can make music. Some instruments, such as a piano or even a tambourine, are really easy to play by touch and by ear. If your elderly family member has never tried playing an instrument before, she might be surprised how well she can pick it up.
Cooking and Baking
If your elderly family member has always enjoyed cooking and baking, she might worry that she can’t do these things anymore now that her vision is limited. Set her up for success by measuring ingredients for her and handling the more detailed aspects, such as setting the oven temperature. Your elderly family member can still do what she loves, but she’s passing on some of what she knows, too.
Look for ways to incorporate some of your senior’s favorite activities into her everyday life still. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of creativity to modify an activity to accommodate changes in your elderly family member’s vision.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Milpitas, CA, please contact the caring staff at Bay Area Home Care. Call today 650-938-4031.