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Need suggestions for recreation for totally blind husband.

My husband was totally blinded by an accident 6 months ago. The Lighthouse for the Blind organization has been wonderful for us in learning mobility and household skills. I am trying to find some kind of activity for him to pass the time. He now has the books on tape program which is great, and we walk every morning for excercise, but does anyone know of other activities for the blind? He loves when people come to visit, but his friends seem to be dwindling away. Before the accident he worked 7 days a week as a machine mechanic and now with the sudden loss of his job, he has too much time on his hands. I read about others going tandem bicycle riding, but since I am 62 years old, that would be hard for me. He is only 52 and is otherwise in good physical condition. Thank you.

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My father-in-law just moved in with us in central NC. He has been living with his daughter for several years. I am concerned about his boredom. He just sits around. My husband and I both work full time and my husband works a second job 4 nights a week. My sister-in-law says that he won't go to a 'day' senior center for socialization. Anytime you ask him what he would like to do he just replies "Oh...I don't know." He will play yahtzee as long as you play a whole sheet at once and you have to tell him every dice he rolls. He is 86 years old. I hate the thought of him doing nothing, but I also can't play 3 hour Yahtzee games each night. Any suggestions about how to encourage him to meet others?


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Have you thought about darts? Nice inside game that the whole family (and sighted or non-sighted friends) can play.

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Last Christmas, I bought snowshoes for my blind husband and I to use. It was great fun. We bought the poles also, which was very helpful for him to find his way along the path. We also snowshoed in open spaces. What a great workout...


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My dad who is a very active and healthy 79 year old became totally blind 6 months ago due to a medical mistake. As you know, it has been very difficult for my dad to adjust since we all use our eyes 95% in everything we do. He is slowly adjusting but I too am having a difficult time looking for things for him to do. We pay to have someone pick him up to take him to a gym to workout on three days a week. This also allows my mom to workout during the same time with her girlfriends. Both my mom and dad are going through depression so to find a reason to keep living is very important. My dad is a very friendly and smart man who use to be the best handyman around repairing everything himself. I need to find something that he can make/build or create to keep him busy and give him a purpose. I hope you find some answers which will in turn help me. If your husband would like to correspond with my dad, or you would like to correspond with my mom, that might help all of you to cope with the new blindness.


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This is an addendum to my previous message.
That message could just about encompass all the blind regardless of age, gender or excuses. I am not blind and I do thank the Lord for being so but, I have my own problems which cause me great pain in doing metal detecting as it is called. But I've been doing it for almost 40 years and can recommend it to all who have a strong will to breathe fresh air daily, excersise frequently, listen to the world around them, meet a lot of curious people that are going to ask you "How do you do that, and, can you show me what you found?) and come home with some fantastic finds. If no finds for the day, the first four will always apply. To all of you. You will happier than a pig in ....!


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Purchase a Garrett Ace 250 metal detector for about $250.00, take him to any beach or lake beach and with his skills aquired from being blind he will out perform any of us detectorist around finding coins, jewerly or anything else lost and find fresh air, constant exercise and meet the nicest people around as well. Give it a try. It will be the best investment you BOTH will ever had made. Keep me posted. Bill (see you both out there) Salisbury, NC


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there are games to help him learn braille. i did a search on google for "activities for the blind" and they have a huge listing of games and other options.


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my brother is 45 and just came to live with us. he is totally blind and we are trying to find things for him to do as well. He likes modeling clay. There are some items (samles) he can feel and make things out of clay just like them. He will have his "table" at the city wide yard sale this year. He also is great at quality control for the wood work my disabled husband does. Brother sands and smooths any inperfections we miss.
We aslo have second hand stores that sell primarily clothes. He can feel the difference in a dress, shirt, pants and sort or hang these items. these Stores are usually run on donation - so the more they can put out and sell the better they do. Your husband would have companionship at this "job" and feel good about giving back to the community. he might even be able to make a "job" for himself and earn some extra cash.
Music is a big thing for him. He listens to books on tape. Brother has many other issues (bipolor and other mental issues) that makes caring for him difficult.


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Visit the Recreation section on AFB's website for information and ideas http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=40&TopicI...


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Those are all great ideas what blind people can do for recreation, but what about learning to read braille?
This is an activity that will keep the person busy, and he/she learns something that is useful. In my opinion talking books are great, but it's not like reading. Braille is tough in the beginning, but with practise one can read like a print reader.
I am sighted, though very near-sighted and I am currently learning braille. I am glad I'm doing it because I might need it one day.

I want to encourage everybody to learn to read braille as it opens a lot of door - maybe even part-time employment.


Need activities for blind senior citizens



I work in Activities at a nursing home. We have two ladies who are totally blind. They both listen to books on tape but there really aren't activities they can "join" in. I need some suggestions of activities that they can participate in without sight.


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Hey,

First - What did your hubby like to do before? Can any of that be adapted?

We would need to know yur hubby's interests a little to really get a good answer, but I am sure there are lots of things.

1. read audio books, joined a book club.
2. Bowling - they do have rails at most alleys
3. gardening
4. Walking
5. Dog sitting - watch other peoples dogs and get paid
6. Rebounding - A small trampoline for excercising inddors where it is safe.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. Email me if you wish. joycepratt@patmedia.net



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Have you tried gardening? You don't have to have a large area to have a couple of tomato plants and grow a few green beans. If you live in an apartment, you can have 4-6 square feet planter boxes built or buy planter pots from Wal-Mart and have an herb garden.
Grace


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I pretty much have the same question, although I feel dumb for asking as my mother has been blind for 17 years ( since I was a teenager ) and I have worked for several blind people and couples as a home health provider. That is how I met my husband I worked for he and his late wife (my best friend, also blind ) untill she died of kidney failure 3 years ago. My husband and I fish and try to tandem although the bike is too tall for me. I ride motorcycles and he loves to ride down the highway or go play on the 4 wheeler in the mud. But in the past year he has been in alot of pain and has been diagnosed with osteosporosis, arthritis, degenerative disk disease he is only 51. The pain and inability to be tossed around so to speak, and extremely active has limited us as far as activities. He has talking books and a police scanner and doesnt seem to enjoy tv or movies even if they have DVS. He has never liked cards or othe games. He seems to be getting so depressed and talks about being bored constantly but when I ask him what he wants to do he replies " nothing I guess, there is nothing to do" He has had both eyes amputated from age 16, he has always been very mobile and independent the blindness has never stopped him from doing anything he wanted, but now that he cant do thrill seeking type activities he just sleeps and ( sorry but ) complains. I have known him for about 8 years we have always had so much fun I love him dearly and keep assuring him that there are alot of things we can do that wont hurt him but I honestly have NO ideas.


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email me and lets talk d_tennison@hotmail.com


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My husband is legally blind, and sometimes we have to be creative to find recreation that he will find enjoyable. Some of the things that he has found interesting and allows him to get out of the house have been: swimming at a local YMCA, taking walk-through tours at museums and gardens, paddle boating (some waters do not allow motors and it makes for worry-free maneuvering), fishing, and if you have a advernturous streak, then scuba diving is not limited to the sighted (experienced instructors can take you to areas that are hands-on and wreckage sights are fun as well). Hope this helps.


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Two pieces of information might help you get better answers to your question: Where in the country do you and your husband live? And, what did your husband like to do before his vision loss?

One thing you might consider is having your husband get a Guide Dog. This would give him a source of independent physical activity and increase his independence. You can find a list of Guide Dog Schools by going to the “Find Services” section of the AFB home page. You do not have to live in the same area to go to a particular school.

Has he taken any computer classes at the Lighthouse? Speech programs would enable him to surf the Internet, send and receive email, read online newsletters and newspapers. You can find more information by typing Speech Systems into the search box at the top of the AFB home page.

On the CareerConnect part of the website (under employment) I found several mentors with the keyword “mechanic.” It might be helpful to have your husband get in touch with them.

Please send us your location and anything about his interests and we’ll try to come up with more suggestions.


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