Tips

Tip of the Week

One cause of confusion in older adults can be a urinary tract infection (UTI). Do not just assume dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease is setting in, get tested.

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  • Does your consumer want to download a book to play on a smartphone or braille device? Check out BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) from the National Library Service at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/login/NLS.
  • Would you like to learn about older blind services in other states? Visit our OIB-TAC forum to interact and learn.
  • Devices such as the Amazon ECHO or Google Home can provide a variety of accessible voice activated services for persons with vision loss, including multiple alarms and timers, reading books and news, playing music and telling a joke of the day!
  • Have you checked out the free online courses offered through the OIB-TAC?
  • Approximately half the people with diabetes don’t know they have it. Untreated, it can lead to devastating results. An annual physical with a fasting blood test can let you know!
  • Some ophthalmologists recommend cataract surgery as soon as the individual starts having difficulty with everyday tasks. No need to wait until it is “ripe!”
  • Falls are the leading cause of brain injury and hip fractures in persons over 65. Each state has a fall prevention program with exercises to help improve balance. Here is one resource: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/.
  • Hallucinations that accompany vision loss are referred to as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Typically they last 12-18 months and are not a sign of dementia or mental health issues.
  • If you miss reading your local newspaper try Newsline or your state Radio Reading Service. Contact information is available from your state OIB Program. 
  • Keep confusing the body wash, shampoo and conditioner? Put a rubber band around the shampoo and two around the conditioner. Leave the body wash unmarked.
  • Community outreach can help link OIB services and other aging services, providing a more comprehensive experience for your consumer.
  • The Confident Living online course from Helen Keller National Center can help you learn about working with adults facing both vision and hearing loss.
  • Do you have a question that you wish you could ask someone who understands your OIB challenges? Post a question to the OIB-TAC forum.
  • Place rubber bands around cordless phones or remote controls to highlight a line(s) of buttons
  • Have consumers who can’t find religious materials in an accessible format? Check out our list of accessible religious materials on our Resources page.

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