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Low Vision and Dementia Care Tips: Engaging Activities

Find low vision and dementia care tips to enrich the lives of seniors.

Finding activities that are fun and engaging for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s tends to be a challenge. Add in vision impairment, and it could seem overwhelming. However, it is extremely important to ensure each day holds possibilities for joy, purpose, and meaning – minimizing the level of agitation, frustration, and other difficult behaviors and emotions in Alzheimer’s. These low vision and dementia care tips can help.

The first step is to think through the older adult’s current and past interests, hobbies, and lifestyle. Then think of strategies to draw on those preferences. We have compiled some ideas to help you get started:

  • Assemble a playlist of the senior’s favorite songs or genre of music, and then dance, sing along, keep the beat with a tambourine or a sealed container of dried beans or uncooked rice. Talk about the memories the songs raise.
  • Read aloud, choosing articles or stories that are simple to follow and on issues which are interesting for the senior. For instance, a sports fan may enjoy hearing an update on his or her favorite players and teams, and then discussing highlights from the past as well. 
  • Get moving for improved circulation and muscle tone, as well as to help encourage daytime wakefulness and better nighttime sleeping. If weather allows, exercising outdoors is an excellent way to add in vitamin D and fresh air. Try walks in nature, pointing out the particular trees, birds, flowers, etc. that you pass on the way.
  • Experiment with different tactile art mediums which can be manipulated without the use of vision, such as clay or sculpting sand. Or try creating a 3-D work of art by gluing shells, buttons, dried pasta, etc. into a shape or pattern. 
  • Include the senior in ability-appropriate tasks around the home. Food preparation offers a number of options, such as washing and tearing lettuce for a salad, peeling and breaking apart oranges or bananas, and mixing ingredients for a cake. Or ask the senior to help with folding laundry or sorting nuts and bolts in a toolbox.
  • See if pet therapy is an option. Specially trained pet therapists can provide a safe, trusted cat or dog for the senior to pet or hold. Even though this might seem simplistic, the joy and relaxing effects of spending time with an animal may be significant.

As a top rated training school for caregivers in Walnut Creek and nearby areas, Hillendale Home Care’s East Bay CNA school is here to ensure seniors are enjoying life to the fullest each and every day. Contact us to learn more about our CNA and HHA training opportunities.