As one of the most common challenges affecting older adults today, hearing loss affects at least one in three individuals between the ages of 65 and 75. Depending on the severity of one’s hearing loss, their communication skills can be impaired, causing feelings of loneliness, frustration and even depression. If you’re a caregiver for someone in this situation, we have compiled a list of activities for your loved one with hearing loss to engage in.
Experiencing hearing loss doesn’t mean you should have a reduced quality of life. There are so many other activities for your loved one with hearing loss to enjoy a fulfilling life with their other senses. Someone dealing with the struggles of hearing loss may have many pent-up emotions, and it’s always healthy to not bottle these feelings up. You can encourage your loved one to express how they feel healthily by recommending an activity like scrapbooking. All you need for this therapeutic and fun activity is a book, instant camera, washi tape, markers and a whole lot of creativity! Not only will this activity encourage creativity and reflection, it is a beautiful way of saving memories you make that can be passed on to the younger generations.
When it comes to activities for your loved one with hearing loss, nothing else calms the mind and helps you reconnect with nature as well as gardening. There are so many ways you could go about this activity. If your loved one is a beginner, planting the seeds of an edible fruit like tomatoes would be a great start. All you will need include a pot, soil, seeds of your choice, water and sunlight. If you don’t own a plant pot, a large plastic cup with drainage holes is sufficient. Once your loved one starts to see small progress with their plant, it may encourage them to try planting other types of seeds. A great thing about gardening is that this activity also improves your health by strengthening your joints, muscles and bones since physical activity is required to a small extent.
Is there a topic your loved one is interested in? It could be about the history of the world, plants or even psychology. Reading can help to improve cognitive health and memory by keeping one’s mind stimulated and active. Such activities for your loved one with hearing loss are crucial to partake in to reduce their risks of memory-related conditions like dementia, or even prevent them. Encourage your loved one to review books that they’ve read or even join an online book club where they can share their insights with other readers. On top of maintaining your loved one’s cognitive functions, they could also forge friendships by joining book communities.
Why Choose The Summit?
Many residents at The Summit enjoy a range of top-notch amenities and activities to keep your loved one enriched, fulfilled and engaged every day. We focus on maintaining and improving residents’ holistic health for them to enjoy the best possible quality of life under our care.
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