The side effects of a stroke can range from short-term memory loss to paralysis on one or both sides of the body and often impact one’s ability to perform routine daily tasks. However, if your loved one has only experienced slight changes in motor skills post-stroke, there are some activities that he or she can perform in the comfort of home to enhance hand-eye coordination. Some of our favorite activities for senior stroke survivors include:
1. Finger Tracings
Have your loved one trace over objects in a picture with his or her index finger. By tracing lines, shapes, letters, and numbers, your loved one will be able to build and strengthen his or her hand eye coordination. You can find printable pictures online or look purchase children’s books that have large shapes and numbers.
2. Dot-to-Dot Drawings
If your aging parent or loved one has lost some functioning in his or her dominant hand, dot-to-dot drawings can help relearn commonly used motor skills in the fingers. As your loved one looks for each number in the picture’s sequence, he or she will also be engaging the brain.
3. The Board Game Operation
We’re all familiar with the popular board game operation, where a player must use tweezers to tactfully remove plastic body parts and bones from small cavities on the playing board. This concentration and steady hand that this game requires can help a stroke survivor improve on hand-eye coordination skills, and can also be a fun game the entire family can enjoy together.
4. Bucket Toss
Whether your loved one uses clothespins or crumpled up pieces of paper, tossing items into a bucket helps seniors better understand depth perception after a stroke. As seniors adjust how far they need to throw the object to land it in the bucket, they will be actively working on their hand-eye coordination skills.
5. Cut along lines
Mark a variety of lines, straight, curvy, circles or zigzags, on a piece of paper. Then have your aging parent or loved one cut along the lines with scissors so they can work on hand strength and coordination.
Your loved one may also benefit from working with a physical or occupational therapist who can recommend other activities that will enhance the recovery and rehabilitation process.
If your aging loved one is experiencing physical changes that are impacting his or her ability to complete daily tasks, or if he or she needs help with doctor-prescribed activities, learn more about stroke home care. Philadelphia families can hire a live-in caregiver who is expert in stroke care.