Your vision may change as you get older but that doesn’t mean that your choice of arts and crafts activities/hobbies has to be limited. Here we’ve come up with some fantastic and fun activities for you to do, what’s great is they can all be carried out by all ages and abilities and it doesn’t matter if you have limited mobility or are visually impaired, those with poor eyesight in general.
In this time of pandemic with Coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping us all isolated, now is a great time to get involved in a new hobby, or revive your passion in something you once loved doing. In this blog you can find activities for the blind elderly or anyone with low/poor vision, whether you are in your own home or in a senior care home.
Pottery, using clay or salt dough or a similar material, is a great way to get creative with your hands. Not only does it give you physical stimulation by getting you to work your thumbs and fingers into the clay but it also supports your mental wellbeing as you decide on what you are going to sculpt out of the clay.
To help you get started, think of an object/sculpture and try to recreate its image in your mind by using your visual memory. Then use this mental image to create your work of art with your hands. Enjoy the different textures and making interesting shapes with the clay that reminisce with your thoughts and ideas.
Beads are available in a wide range of designs, sizes, colours, and materials, so there is something for everybody’s taste in jewellery. Threading the beads can be tricky for those with poor eyesight so consider investing in a beading needle (available at most craft shops) which tend to be longer than normal sewing needles (sometimes up to 10cm long) and they have larger eyes to make it easier for you to thread your needle.
Another top tip for your jewellery making would be to source some larger beads with larger openings to help with threading. You can even get beads with braille written on them so you can create a beautiful piece of jewellery with a sentimental message on it too.
It’s great to have an end result that you can wear or gift to someone special. It gives you a sense of pride for your creations.
Painting is a great way to express your mood whilst also being therapeutic. This relaxing pastime will improve with practice and experience. You don’t need many materials to get started, just some paper and basic paints, if you like, and then once you have become more efficient and excited by your painting achievements you could attempt different paint mediums such as oil paints, acrylic paints, or watercolour paints. You could even start painting on canvas so you can display your works of art.
Don’t be put off by your poor eyesight, don’t forget respected, famous painters such as Edgar Degas and Claude Monet both suffered from poor vision and created great masterpieces. This is the perfect form of art for the blind and visually impaired.
Knitting is a great another great crafting activity to keep your mind active and your fingers busy. You don’t need much equipment for knitting – needles, yarn/wool and scissors.
Some tips for starting out at knitting:
The sense of accomplishment when you finish a knitting project especially when it is something you can wear with pride, like a scarf or jumper, is really exhilarating and makes the effort worth it.
Check out our Home Sight Test webpage here to find out more about our mobile optician services for you or a family member. We are your home visit opticians, don’t forget, so we can come to you in the comfort of your own home and provide a comprehensive NHS home eye test and eye health check. We are proud to deliver a FREE comprehensive NHS home-visiting optician’s service for those unable to make it to the high street due to age or poor health. We come to you in the comfort of your home/care home to conduct a thorough eye exam and eye health check. Should you require a prescription for glasses, we can help you select the perfect pair of glasses from our large selection of competitively priced frames and prescription lenses. We will personally hand deliver your glasses when they are ready for you to make sure that they fit correctly and resolve your vision issues.
Don’t forget you may be eligible for help towards the cost of your glasses. Check out the National Health Service (NHS) website for eligibility.
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