Visually Impaired Seniors: Fun Activities

Whit age, a lot of people start suffering different ailments. One of the most common of these is the loss of sight. Whether it is complete or just partial, the loss of sight can greatly diminish the quality of life. There are numerous activities which are unavailable or very difficult for seniors to do.

Fortunately, there are many other activities which you can arrange for them which do not rely heavily on sight. Caregivers associated with share some of the most engaging and the simplest activities for seniors with vision problems.


It can be particularly difficult for seniors to cope with vision loss if they used to be an avid reader, whether it was newspapers or literature. Once that becomes unavailable due to the physical issues, a person can suffer psychologically.

Luckily, in the world of modern technologies and inventions, this doesn’t have to be a problem. There are numerous books available in an audio format all over the internet, from the free options on YouTube and similar platforms to some paid options as well. All your senior will need is a device like a phone or a computer which they likely have and a few minutes to set it up.

If their vision is not fully gone, they can also try to read on an e-reader with a significantly larger font, which is an option on these devices.


A lot of people enjoy walking or hiking and seniors should be no exception. Not only is it beneficial to go outside and get some fresh air, it can also help them socialize with people of similar ages. Socializing is important for our psychological wellbeing and should not be disregarded.

If you have time, spend some time with your senior, just walking and talking. Your presence is also going to be appreciated while the physical activity will help their health overall. The best part is that they don’t need to rely on their vision as much.

Listening to Music

Similar to audiobooks, music can greatly improve people’s mood and levels of happiness. What’s even better, music is available through so many different media and devices that it is virtually impossible to be denied the opportunity to listen to music.

Cards or Chess

If the weather outside isn’t optimal for outdoor activities, you may want to relax at home with a nice game of chess or cards. If your senior has some kind of vision impairment, there are various large print cards and high contrast colors for easier use.

On the other hand, if the vision loss is complete, there are braille and similar tactile cards and chess pieces which can take some time getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you will likely enjoy it.


One of the most relaxing and calming activities you can do is meditation, regardless of your age. It gives millions of people some respite from the everyday grind. If you imagine meditation as sitting in a (relatively) uncomfortable lotus pose which most seniors wouldn’t be able to take, you are sorely mistaken.

In fact, meditation is all about the concentration and relaxation. It can be done in pretty much any pose you find comfortable. You can have your senior simply close their eyes and focus on their breathing. Some gentle music may be useful as a focusing aid, but that is up to you to decide.

Seniors who have vision problems tend to close into themselves because they find it harder to interact with the outside world. However, if you help them find some relaxing and non-demanding activities to engage with the outside world, they can continue living happy and fulfilling lives.

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