Elderly Parent


My mom is currently living on her own at age 89. It may be time to research a future care facilities for her.

She currently living in Turners Falls, Ma. I'm in California.

She has macular degeneration and recently broke her hip.

Thank you for your help.

Bev Sanders


Facilities for Elderly People with Macular Degeneration

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Hi Bev,

Unfortunately macular degeneration is relatively common in the elderly population and, as a result, many facilities have had experience working with individuals with this type of vision loss.  The American Macular Degeneration Foundation has information and resources that may be helpful.  There are quite a few other resources on this site to look at. as well.

You may also wish to look at this Checklist for Choosing a Retirement or Assisted Living Community.  We have additional resources in the Adults section of this site, with information about housing, family support, Tips for Working with Seniors with Vision Loss, and more.

Finally, Massachusetts has a website with information about services for people who are aging: Area Agency on Aging

Good luck!


Suggestions for parent with combined hearing and sight loss.

Posted by Diane Montgomery (not verified)

My mother, 93, has been a highly productive woman all of her life. An avid reader, teacher, gardener, seamstress, fix-it-upper, etc. She now lives in assistant living, and has so many limitationsr, she doesn't know what to do with herself--although she tries. Her hearing is very bad. Without her hearing aid she hears nothing--not even very loud noises. With her hearing aid she can hear her children's voices if we talk with her one-on-one and very slowly. Otherwise, she cannot make out what people are saying to her. She can no longer garden because of mobility issues. And now the degenerative disease has taken so much of her sight she is having trouble reading even the largest print. She cannot sew or knit anymore because of the eyesight and because her hands shake so. She asked me if she might be able to learn braille--I looked it up, and I will try to get some materials to her, but in all honesty, I don't think it will be viable solution. It might just frustrate her more than anything. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you! - Diane

Ideas for elderly parents with combined vision and hearing loss

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

This sounds like a difficult situation, Diana, and I can imagine it must be equally frustrating for your mother and for you.  Many people with a combined vision and hearing loss feel very isolated.  Whenever you or others are with her, it is important to let her know that you are there.  You can use touch to let her know and just sitting with her where she can feel your arm or hand next to her can be a great comfort.  It may be helpful to select a personal identifier to let her know who you are, such as a ring or bracelet that only you wear, or a pair of glasses or something that distinguishes you from others.  This can help her to identify the people she comes into contact with, even if she is not able to see or hear them.

Does she have a way to communicate with you to let you know what she wants?  It is important to set something up, so that she can request basic activities, such as food, drink, bathroom, sleeping, etc.

You may wish to contact a local rehabilitation agency, as they will be able to tell you more about what services may be most appropriate for your mother and what is available in her area.  Please contact us at Scout@Perkins.org if you need assistance finding the rehabilitation agency in your state.



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