Elderly activities are the activities that involve fun and learning for the elderly people. There are various types of activities to keep these people engaged these include dementia activities, exercise activities, gardening activities, indoor and outdoor games, various types of entertainment and parties, eating and drinking activities, musical activities and reading and writing activities. Following are some of the very effective arts and crafts activities for elder people;
1. The Eggshell Mosaic
The material required for this activity includes egg shells, card, pencil, glue, beakers of water, paint brush and colored food dye. Take some beaker of water and add the food dye in each of them. Now take the eggshells, clean them and break them into small pieces. Add these shells to the colored water and let them soak in the food dye. After a while take them out and let them dry, they will look like small pieces of tiles. Now make a drawing on the card and stick the eggshell pieces by staying on the outlines of the drawing. This should be done in portions and will create a beautiful mosaic picture in the end.
2. The Big Knit
This activity is a part of a charity event in Northern Ireland which involves knitting small hats for smoothies. In that charity event they also pay to the participants for each hat knitted. The material required is wool, knitting needles of size 4, scissors and wool needles. The participants are directed to cast on 28 stitches and do 2 rows of plain knit. Then in 12 rows (knit one row and pearl one row) cast every second stitch and sew it all up.
3. Greeting Cards Making
This is probably the simplest and the most common arts and crafts activity. The items required for this activity involve envelopes and cards, scissors, glue, sponge, ribbon and other crafting material and tools as per requirement. There is no procedure to follow here, each participant is provided with all the equipment and let them play with their imaginations. However, you can provide them with a theme such as a birthday or a wedding theme etc.
4. Flower arranging
This activity can really make the participant very happy. They can create floral arrangement for dining tables, entrances, party arrangements and decorations etc. The use of tiny bulbs can also be done. The materials required for this activity are flowers, vase, tape, wires or other flower arrangement tools etc. In the beginning leaves are used to create some design or structure and then start with the larger flowers and don’t use even numbers of flowers as this might become difficult for arrangement then add some grass for finishing.
5. Drawing Games
The simplest and most common drawing game is to write down different words on small pieces of paper and then a participant picks out one piece and has to draw a picture resembling the word. The other participants have to guess the word from the drawn picture. This activity can be varied into some other drawing game activities as well.
Home Health Care company, Comfort Keepers, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, uses some of these techniques with their patients to help stimulate brain activity.