The forum is filled with caregivers and experts who come together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled some of their best ideas to help a blind or low vision senior continue to participate in hobbies and activities.

Hobbies for Blind and Low-Vision Seniors

“My mother is legally blind. The Library of Congress has a program that sends a special player with a memory stick and a catalog out regularly. I’ve found that I seldom get the books I have ordered, but usually it’s at least in the same category/genre. My mother likes the teenage girl-type stories. Go to to see what’s available. Gardening helps her a lot, too. It is HOT here, though, and she can only go out early in the morning or late in the afternoon. She happily hoes on the weeds (and chops down some of the vegetables in the process), but she does surprisingly well. She was raised on a farm and all the kids were required to work in the fields from the time they could walk, so it’s second nature to her.” –sherry1anne

“Check with your local libraries about books for the blind and music programs. Some time ago, I read about a program at a garden center for the visually impaired. The gardens were planted in raised beds so visitors could touch the herbs and enjoy the fragrances. Even if you don’t have a program like this in your community or any gardening space, you could create a small terrarium garden with herbs that your loved one could rub and perhaps clip for cooking.” –GardenArtist

“Check your area’s senior resources for groups and events that are appropriate for your loved one. Our city has a ride service so people who can’t drive have a way to get to these local events. As for things to do at home, I had a blind aunt who knitted. She couldn’t see her dropped stitches, but was still able to donate her blankets to local shelters. It made her feel productive and didn’t have to be perfect, either. I’d also suggest a drum class. I’ve been to my sighted mother’s class, and it’s not as if you have to watch the instructor. Everyone has a drum and does their own thing. They drum and sing along to favorite old songs. There are people in some communities that specialize in these types of drum classes and go to senior centers and homes.” –abc1234567890

“Both my blind father and a blind elderly client enjoy doing crossword puzzles together. I read the clues aloud and they do a kind of scrabble together to think of the words. I bought some metal cookie sheets and big letter magnets (the kind you put on the fridge to help children spell) at the dollar store. They can feel the shapes of the letters and make words. It’s fun for them and keeps their brains active.” –Julieannmade

“I’ve at last found a use for the complete Mozart collection my son gave me many Christmases ago. The music plays softly in the background and mother claims to like it, although I don’t know how much she actually hears. The mathematical rhythms and intervals are supposed to be soothing to the brain.” –Churchmouse

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“Find some things that are tactile for them. You could just make a game of smelling things that might bring back memories, such as peppermint, lilacs, vanilla, etc. If your loved one enjoyed baking, let them knead some bread dough or mix pre-measured ingredients together for recipes.” –Jaye

“My mother is 96, just about blind and almost completely deaf. Since she has moved in with my husband and myself, we have found it difficult to keep her occupied. So far, the big winners are our visiting grandchildren and a litter of kittens my adult daughter is bottle-feeding. She also enjoys sitting outside when the weather is good, marveling at how nice the sun and breeze feel on her skin. We continue to try to find things that involve smell, touch and taste.” –goodgirl

“It is a challenge to find activities when the hands, the eyes and the ears are not working at their best, but keep trying. Ask for their help with folding washcloths. They’re small enough to handle easily, and they might enjoy the tactile sensations. In addition, it gives them a feeling of helping the household. I do that with my mom who is 106, with low vision and hearing loss. A family member or volunteer can simply sit and talk with the senior and maybe take some of their old pictures out and describe aloud. My mom remembers the pictures even though she can’t see them. She enjoys when anyone will take time to sit, go through and describe them to her.” –Kaseymoe