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Topic: Activities for people with dementia (and other disabilities related to aging)???  (Read 3424 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2011 05:49:10 PM »

I noticed this was posted back in April, it's now Nov. 30th, but hopefully you are still checking in. First, I wanted to say that I was blessed with an 'Oma' too  Wink You are very thoughtful and kind to be thinking of creative outlets that she would enjoy. She's lucky to have you.
Have you thought about 'finger knitting'? Full Disclosure: I just heard of this and don't know anything about it other than it was suggested as an activity for myself (I have an illness/disability that confines me much like your Oma) and my 6 year old son that we could do together snuggled in bed Wink This friend is a crafty person, and knows of my limited mobility, cognitive difficulties (e.g. hard to follow patterns now ;( ), and lack of fine motor skills. She also knows how I treasure my time with my son-shine, and thought it might be a fun project. Other than that, I have not yet researched the how-to's on 'finger knitting', but I'm hopeful it will be something that we can both do together with minimal frustration. Best wishes to you and your Oma!

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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2012 07:24:06 PM »

I worked with a age care home back in Australia by running craft groups. The women really enjoyed making cards for Christmas, Easter and anything else. I would supply the cards, stickers, stamps and precut pictures for them to glue on. They enjoyed making the cards a lot, but i think they got the real kick from sending them to their families.
There was one woman in particular who became very upset because she had no house work to do (her room was cleaned for her daily and all washing was also done for her) and before she came to the home was a real worker and would do everything for herself. To help her feel a sense of worth, we let her fold hand towels and polish the door nobs in the recreation room. After that she would always appear much happier which is always good  Smiley
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2012 11:05:24 PM »

two things are very important here- 1) your grandmother needs to feel like she is making good use of her time. and 2) your grandmother needs activities to keep her mind 'limber'.
There are a ton of books out there, for working with kids, and developmentally disabled adults. Please understand, I am not saying your grandmother is either BUT these are usually crafts that can be done with 'clumsy fingers' and don't take too long to complete. I really like the ideas of making greeting cards and/or a scrapbook. Coloring pages are good too. Anything to keep her mind active. I had a Gerontology professor who taught his dad (who had dementia) to play the guitar. As he put it "My pop was never gonna be Jimi Hendrix, but he did learn Mary Had A Little Lamb and Frere Jacques. Most of all, he had fun."

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