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My mom thanks to a hospital mistake is now at 56 years old blind completely in her right eye and in her left eye it is limited vision. She feels like it is consistantly midnight and everything is always dark. Does anyone have any ideas or thoughts of how i can help her and what kind of games and what not i can get to help her adjust? She knows she will never drive a car or work again but she isn't sure how to adjust to the rest of her life as of yet. Such as going up and down our basement stairs and doing house hold chores. Thank you in advance for all your help.

Ann

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Dear frd for her right eye I think it is difficult to get vision back but as you told her left eye has vision and I can help to improve her vision to 100%.Trust me dear if any eye have vision no matter what's the percentage of vision but it can be increase,we know in modern medicle science there is no way to improve the vision of eye but by Power of Yoga and Pranayama with help of some Ayurvedic Medicines anyone can improve the vision.I have address of clinic where you have to visit and consult with ayurvedic doctor free of cost.I know you not get good result by allopathy treatment but yoga treatment works guaranteed.Email in my mail and I give all info


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Pris and Joe have given you a lot of the basics, and too much information can be as bad as no information, so if this is too much for now, save it for later. All types of games are adapted for people with low or no vision. It depends on what your mother enjoys. The same is true for other leisure activities like crafts or gardening. For example, playing cards come in many different sizes so that even with very low vision she may be able to see the cards in her hand. However, it will take some changes in the way the game is played for her to fully participate. When playing a game like Spades, each person will need to say aloud what card they are playing so she can follow suit and plan her strategy. In a game like canasta, she may need to ask other players to say the cards they have laid down again so she can play her turn. If large face cards, available from the many different specialty catalogs listed on SeniorSite, are not large enough for her to see, learning just the first ten braille symbols will allow her to play Skipbo, learning a few more will open up the world of cards to her by touch rather than by sight. You are probably thinking that learning braill is out of the question for someone your mother's age, but I would encourage her to try if she is interested. Hadley School for the Blind, which Joe mentioned, has a free course. It's another tool she can use to remain as independent as possible. Braille can be used to label food items, CDs & DVD's as well as craft supplies. If she was a knitter before vision loss, I bet she can still knit now. She may need encouragement to get started again, choose something simple like a dish cloth. Other games like checkers, BINGO, backgammon and tic-tac-toe have been adapted for tactile game players. The boards are touchable and the pieces are designed to stay put while the board is explored by hand. Getting involved with local service providers will very likely help your mom get connected with others experiencing vision loss and she will gain knowledge as well as encouragement from them. At some point, she will be ready to encourage others. The AFB Center On Vision Loss has resource information and help. Contact us at 214-352-7222.

Neva
AFB Staff


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As Joe has suggested, please check out AFB Senior Site. We have a great deal of information on all aspects of coping with vision loss, including continuing to enjoy leisure pursuits. We have over 70 videos, which include personal testimonies of older people who are dealing successfully with vision loss. Here is the web address for Senior Site: www.afb.org/seniorsite.

Also, please send us your specific questions, and we will be glad to send you a personal response. Here is the email: afbseniorsite@afb.net.


Pris Rogers
AFB Senior Site Manager


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Hello,

The adjustment process is different for each person. How limited is the vision in the other eye? Being visually impaired or blind is not the end of the world. There are tons of successful persons out there who are blind or visually impaired.

Have you looked at www.afb.org and the family of sites on it including Senior Site and CareerConnect?

There is a link to a directory of services on www.afb.org. I suggest using it to find your state's services and contacting them. These are typically services that will not cost your mother to receive.

There is all kinds of great training out there for persons with visual impairments including orientation and mobility, teaching a person how to travel and move through their environment safely and efficiently. There will most likely introduce your mother to the white cane which is an amazing tool.

There Vision Rehabilitation Therapists or Teachers who work with persons on developing systems and marking appliances and a ton more. They work on learning to cook and clean visually impaired or whatever tasks she would want to learn to adapt.

The adjustment process can be difficult and counseling is always advised, there are a ton of resources out there for that as well.

There are a number of resources to check out:
If she wants to go back to work, vocational rehabilitation can be an amazing resource.

But, she should find out about her local community rehabilitation provider, check out the directory on www.afb.org.

There are free courses for people who are blind or visually impaired from Hadley School for the Blind at www.hadley.edu. They can be mail, web, tape, and even submitting assignments via the phone. They have courses on all kinds of blindness subjects including leisure activities and more.

Check out the Success Stories on AFB CareerConnect at:
http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=7&TopicID...

The road head will not be easy, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. All is possible with motivation and support.

Hope this is a good start for you!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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