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Several mind engaging  activities specially designed for senior people helps reduce anxiety, agitation, and other challenging behaviors. They tend to improve sleep by keeping the person more active and awake during the day.

To help  find a variety of fun activities for low vision seniors, we share 9 activity ideas with plenty of specific suggestions.


Music

We can play their favorite songs or albums, especially music from their youth , tune the radio to a station that plays the type of music they like. We encourage them to sing along to songs they know or Play or experiment with a simple musical instrument like a harmonica or musical shaker


Reading aloud, audiobooks, and radio shows

Hearing the newspaper, books, magazines, or even old letters read aloud is an enjoyable pastime for many older adults. We can find things that capture their interest, but aren’t too complex to follow.

Reading aloud is a great way for visitors to interact with.

Audiobooks allow your older adult to listen to almost any book they like. Borrow them from the local library, buy them from a retailer, use the free National Library Service home delivery, or find them online for free.

Sports fans may enjoy listening to sports games on the radio

Some older adults may enjoy listening to radio talk shows, spiritual broadcasts, science talks, and other such programs – many radio stations even make these programs available online for free.


 Movement and exercise

We can play their favorite music and encourage them to dance with us , sway in their seat, or tap hands and feet along with the beat

To boost mood, circulation, and overall health, we can guide them through chair yoga exercises or chair-based exercises designed for Visually-impaired seniors


Nature

They can use a wheelchair for a walk outside to feel the sun and fresh air

We can take them for a ride in the car and describe the passing scenery, Involve them in an indoor windowsill garden to the best of their ability – pressing dirt in a pot, measuring plant growth by feel, smelling herbs, or tasting the harvest (tomatoes, salad greens, herbs, etc.)


Videos and TV programs

Listening to musicals, operas, concerts, or other types of performances with music from TV, DVDs, YouTube, or on-demand streaming services can lift up their spirits , they will also enjoy listening to nature videos or shows – they usually describe the animals and narrate the action so it can still be an enjoyable experience even without the visuals


 Household chores

Helping with household chores is a great way for someone with dementia and low vision to feel involved and important in the household.

 To Prepare fruit –  they can use a safety knife to cut soft fruits or use fingers to break them into chunks or sections (like bananas, oranges, etc.)

To Prepare veggies – snap beans, shell peas or beans, pull off stems, etc.

Help with ingredients – asking someone with low vision to dump ingredients into a large pot or bowl is a way for them to contribute to cooking or baking a dish

Folding laundry – especially smaller, more manageable items like hand towels or socks

Sort silverware – sort butter knives, forks, and spoons into their containers


Animal therapy

Holding or petting a well-behaved pet is a wonderful and calming activity


 Arts, crafts, and tactile activities

Sculpture lets older adults express themselves creatively without needing to use their vision – use modeling clay or sculpting sand

Older adults with some vision might like making collages from magazine pictures or covering a plain box by gluing cut out images or colored paper

Some people with a little vision may also enjoy expressive painting (think broad strokes and abstract shapes) – use vivid colors against a contrasting background to make it easier to see

Many people enjoy smoothing out crumpled paper or tissue paper

Sorting is a wonderful activity that doesn’t require vision, just make the shapes different enough to be easy to distinguish – for example: a bag of mixed pasta shapes, coins, etc.

Fidget toys and other sensory toys are also satisfying and engaging activities


Adaptive (modified) games

For seniors with some vision, large print playing cards are a great way to enjoy simple games like go fish, blackjack (21), war, or just sorting cards by color or suit

Matching shapes game with larger template for low vision

Fun matching game with oversized cards showing various occupations

Giant-size dominoes can be used to play a variety of games, regular dominoes or matching type games your older adult invents

Special dominoes with raised dots could be used by people with little to no vision


Team ITVI presents to you several ways through which senior visually impaired people can be kept company during such difficult Times.

By-Fiona Catheri

Team IVTI

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