Ten Holiday Tips
The holidays can be wonderful but can present some unique challenges for those with low vision.
1. If recipes are becoming difficult to read, consider re-typing them in a large, bold font.
2. When cooking, keep all pot handles turned inward to prevent bumps and spills.
3. If sending holiday greeting cards is one of your traditions, using a writing guide or template can keep this activity easy and enjoyable.
4. Why not transfer a holiday contact list in an old address book to a new, large print version? This can be a terrific activity for a helpful grandchild.
5. Lighting your home for the holidays is a fun and important part of the season. Make sure all extension cords are safely out of the way of foot traffic to prevent accidents.
6. When visiting friends and family, bring along a flashlight to illuminate dark walkways and entryways.
7. If company visits, ask them to remember to close cabinets, not to leave doors ajar, and to respect home organization.
8. When shopping, bring along a magnifier to help read small print on labels and price tags.
9. Going out to eat with friends can be fun. Organizing your cash beforehand can reduce confusion when paying your bill. Keep denominations in separate compartments of your wallet or have a system for folding bills for identification.
10. Finally, we all know how busy schedules are this time of year. A large print calendar and a low vision or talking watch will keep you up to speed on all the activities!
Making small changes today can turn the holidays from frustrating to fun.
Source: American Society on Aging
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