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Activity suggestions for a blind senior?

I work with a lady who is 95 years old. She is completely
blind and has been for many years. She broke her hip some time ago and we now have PT working with her. She is on her feet again some. She also suffers from dimensia and has a tendancy to obsess over things for a lack of anything better to do.
Does anyone have any suggestions to help me keep her mind occupied?...she helps me dry the dishes sometimes and is very good at 'feeling around' for things that she needs.

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My mother has been blind now for three years. I have rope strung to the bathroom so she can be a little independant. Also she was a talking watch that is very helpful. The thing she likes most is DVS movies (descriptive video service). She can relive seeing the movie as it is being described aalong with the regular actors doing their parts. The address for finding and downloading these movies is WWW.blindmice.com and it is also FREE! I hope this helps someone! It sure helped around here. She loves it!


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I'm also looking for activities for a blind senior, however, she has recently gone blind. Her favorite activities were crossword puzzles and reading books.
Similar to your situation, books on tape are not an option for her. I am determined to find something she can do on a daily basis with little outside help.


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No...she has had NO TRAINING...she has pretty much been waited on hand over foot for a very long time...and has no family either.....


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Thanks so much for the suggestions. I have already implimented the use of a CD player...but books are just a hard one since her memory is really 'not there' anymore...even books on cd...she won't remember the story lines and they would have to be SUPER short...but I WILL check into those resources that you have mentioned...THANKS SO MUCH!


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Like what afb suggested I would find out what she was interested in before and adapt it for her lost of sight. Have you contacted a Vocational Rehab center in your area about equipment for her so she can expand her world? There may be senior centers where they help the blind senior live life. Has she had mobility training, Braille and living training?


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Since you say she has been blind for some time, what did she do before she broke her hip? Perhaps some of those activities could be adapted.

Is she part of the Talking Books program? If not, call 1-800-424- for an application. Go to the Find Services section (link is on AFB's home page) to check for blindness services in your area for help. Some centers have classes in knitting and other crafts and even if she can't travel, the staff may be able Also check to see if there is a Radio Reading Service available. Having newspapers and magazines read over the radio is wonderful for keeping the mind occupies, but unfortunately such service are not available everywhere.

And don't overlook music. Small cassette and CD players are not expensive and with a headset can be used anywhere.

A number of popular games come in versions accessible to the blind. Some places to check out these items are:

http://www.maxiaids.com
http://www.independentliving.com/
http://www.lssproducts.com/stores/1/index.cfm

Hope this helps.


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