Halloween is here and we have a fun, simple activity you can do with your senior clients or family members. You can get creative on what materials to use from around your house, below we have some ideas for you.
- Black Markers or Pens
- White cloth or tissue paper
- Any type of string, yarn o ribbon
- Dry macaroni or any type of pasta
- Cut out a round piece of cloth, or use double tissue paper and place dry pasta in the middle.
- Twist it and tie any type of string around it.
- Draw a face.
- Get creative! Add in arms, ornaments or anything you'd like!
Craft projects for senior caregivers and their senior clients offer more than a fun way to pass some time- certain activities such as knitting or crocheting allow seniors to keep up their motor skills. Staying active even in little ways like moving the hands repeatedly through a stitching process or doing some light garden work help seniors engage their body enough to help prevent dementia. The CraftGawker app offers a variety of project suggestions for crafts from knitting to candle making to plants.
Knitting for seniors in particular makes for an ideal project because it can be done over any time frame and nearly anywhere. Senior caregivers can help their client find a pattern they like under the Knitting category on the app and then set them up with a yarn of their choosing, and the senior client can work on the project while they watch TV, when they're in the waiting room for an appointment or before they go to bed.
Once a senior learns know to knit, muscle memory kicks in to help them repeat the same motion over and over. Particularly with the holidays coming up, for seniors who already know how to knit, the CraftGawker app offers great pattern ideas for gifts for loved ones. Perhaps a hat for a grandchild or a coffee mug sleeve for an adult child. The app makes it easy to scroll through different finished products, then to click on the one you like and download the pattern.
Other categories in the app that could be fun and easy for seniors include the basic clay and pottery projects, food craft, plants and jewelry. The app is easy to navigate and includes options for the most popular and latest entries if seniors just want to browse without a particular project in mind.
The CraftGawker app is available for download for Apple platforms.
Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.