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Loss of vision and hearing can severely limit the kinds of activities a person and engage in. This is a page about activities for a deaf and blind person.
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October 17, 2015

Can you think of any activities my 90 year old mom might enjoy? She had been enjoying coloring, but her vision is now so impaired she can no longer see well enough to color. She is also hearing impaired.

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October 18, 20151 found this helpful

Does your mother receive the tapes for the blind?
The receiver and tapes are all free - even the postage.

My friend is almost blind and she listens to these tapes many hours a day. There is a very wide selection - religious as well as many types of stories.

There are also many churches ( on and off TV) that will send free tapes and cd's just for the asking. There are also some services that will provide limited hearing "aids".

There are also schools for the blind in many areas that have daily/weekly activities for the blind. Some of them provide free transportation.

Information about activities and services is obtainable on
Google. You may also be able to get information from the Lyon's club.

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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

Go online and look for senior centers in your area-they will know about all the local senior services.

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An adult daycare program that she would have to pay to go to, but it would get her out a few days a week.

Companions-there are people in your area that will be a companion for an elderly person a few hours a week-they can take her out to lunch, shopping, local senior services, etc

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October 23, 20150 found this helpful

There are five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. Choose from the other senses that will work for your seeing and hearing impaired relative.
Sense of Touch: Games that you feel and guess what it is. Sense of Taste: Try a food item and have her guess the ingredients that are in it.
Sense of Smell: Smell a fragrance and have her guess what it is; there's flowers, candles, colognes and spices.

Using the working senses, keep her mind active by doing things that make her think and solve. She also has a need to feel useful to others. You can give her a dull end plastic needle and beads and have her string them onto elastic thread to make a bracelet or necklace and gift them to children in hospitals or an orphanage.

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

My father is 90 has severe vision loss from macular degeneration and quite deaf
1. He likes to talk on the phone. Make sure you have a loud ringer and flashing light device. Phone should have large push buttons or Be programmed.

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2. National library for blind check out BARD will give you a special player (large and easy buttons) and has magazines and books. The librarian can help select and you get free mail or you can buy the cartridges and go on line and down load to the cassata the books you know they will like. Since 2014 dad has read 250 books. We are trying to set up a book club so they can discuss the books they read.
3. My dad walks several miles a day. They have a group who walk on bad days at the mall. Dad doesn't like it they walk too slow
4. My dad gardens at the community garden with a volunteer helper. They give food to food pantry
5. If you don't live nearby check if your county has elderly services. Here they do shopping trips, plays etc
6. I don't know how bad her sight is but there are cars and board games that come in versions for low vision persons
7. Your mom probably isn't a veteran but there are great services for blind and deaf veterans..

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Have you checked with the local senior center? They may know of some activities or things going on in the community. Lions Club International may also be a place to check out. Here is their link:

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www.weserve.org/KindnessMatters

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Sorry-the link I gave you for the Lions Club should have been:

www.lionsclubs.org/.../index.php

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September 16, 2017

What books and entertainment are good for a person that's both deaf and blind?

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September 16, 20171 found this helpful

Entertainment for an elderly lady.

Step 1
Buy some play dough and let her play with it roll it feel it in her hands,it would be stimulating.

Step 2
Give her a massage.

Step 3
Take her out somewhere if that is possible.

Step 4
Could she learn to read braille that would be really entertaining for her read.

Step 5
Massage chair pads, foot massage units, foot bath units, perhaps a fuzzy animal to pet.

Step 6
Warm breezes, perhaps trip to the ocean.

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Step 7
Can she smell? Different smells using essential oils. Warm or cool washcloth with lemon or lavender or rose essential oil.

Step 8
Can she have a calm cat or dog to pet.

Step 9
Put some shaving lotion on a table in front of her she can feel it with her hands.

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September 16, 20170 found this helpful

Foam sculpting, clay sculpting, playing with pets, assisted cooking, simple crocheting

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September 16, 20170 found this helpful

People that are deaf/blind need recreational activities more than we do to help them combat the isolation and lack of independence. Even with the cognitive disabilities, they still can enjoy recreational activities.

Step 1
You need to find out their interests and determine what they are interested in.

Step 2
Find out what type of recreational activities they have participated in previously.

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Step 3
Do they have a favorite activity?

Step 4
Do they have a person they enjoy spending their leisure time with?

Step 5
Determine the time of day that they enjoy recreational activities.

Step 6
You can try some fitness activities like walking, running, swimming, or even a stationary tandem bicycle.

Step 7
If you are looking for outdoor activities consider hiking, camping, fishing, or even kayaking.

Step 8
In the home you can do arts and crafts, listen to music, gardening or even cooking.

Step 9
Many deaf/blind people enjoy table games like card games or even dominoes.

Step 10
The Girl Scouts have a special club for deaf/blind people and takes them roller skating and ice skating.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

I have braille/sign language blocks that I've used with Special Needs Toddlers and Preschools. The blocks have the regular alphabet on them too. Children in integrated learn from each other while having fun.

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September 24, 20170 found this helpful

You do not give the age of the person so it is difficult to give suggestions other than general and many things would be difficult for a senior but something a younger person may be able to do.

  • You ask about books - does this person read Braille? Many libraries have books in Braille and can order more if requested.
  • The National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has books in Braille and they are free and delivered to your door.
  • Here is a link to review if this is something they can do. www.loc.gov/.../
  • This is a difficult task but it seems finding things to do that involve smell, touch and taste may be more meaningful than some other recommendations.
  • Waking and sitting outside may be more pleasurable for seniors than for a younger person.
  • There are recreational centers that cater to people with this type of condition and being around a small group may help with their overall health.
  • Does this person go to any type of center for a day care experience or are they confined to living at home? A day care center can be a very good place to spend at least a few hours a week.

Here is a link to the sight where many suggestions came from and there are more topics to review that might be beneficial but it seems most of these activities are geared toward the younger generation.

nationaldb.org/.../1932

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August 6, 2019

I'm a home health care provider and my client has Ushers Syndrome and RP. She's an adult and I was wondering what kind activities I can do with her?

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August 6, 20190 found this helpful

It depends on interests. Water exercise, gardening and cooking are all on the list of activities here nationaldb.org/.../1932

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