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