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I provide care for a woman in her 80's, in her home. She values her independence, and has a very pleasant and comfortable home. She is diabetic and has lost her eyesight. Her adult children are on opposite coasts.
Before I knew her, she used to be active socially, playing bridge and active in her tennis and social clubs. I began caring for her after she lost her sight.
Her social life has fallen off, and I'm looking for activities to get her out and about. She increasingly just wants to stay in and listen to books on CD. I've taken her to the beach, shopping, to her tennis club, and different places just to get out, etc., but she enjoys these things less and less. Her friends are still kind but, except for eating out and the occasional musical event, there's not much actual activity.
I'm looking for ideas for activities that will provide exercise and that will hold her interest, without seeming tedious.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
I don't know if this will be of any help to you, but my surrogate father who lives next door has very poor vision and I am checking into a computer that is voice activated. It reads what is on the screen to them and they can speak into the puter what they want it to say. My neighbor also has bad emphysema so he can't physically do much, nor can he see much, so I thought even if he was emailing or researching or in groups where they email each other it might give him some fun. I haven't gotten it all figured out yet, but there is JAWS which you can google and it tells about voice activated and "dragon speak' I think is the other. I am going to check with the society for the blind, just haven't gotten that far. Wendy