Crafts for the Elderly are only Limited by the Imagination

by Barbara
(Portland, OR)

Crafts for the Elderly

Crafts for the Elderly

There's nothing worse than boredom. I don't like to be bored, and chances are you don't like to be bored either.


The same can apply to our elderly parents or grandparents. What did they do to occupy their time? There's got to be more to life than staring out the window, watching TV, or idling the hours away napping.

My elderly grandma, to my increasing alarm, spent increasing amounts of time just sitting in a chair, waiting it seemed, for anything to happen.

To combat this inactivity, I suggested a variety of crafts that we could start working on together. Crafts don't have to be complicated, expensive, or too involved. A quick visit to my local craft store gave me a plethora of ideas.

There were ornaments she could paint for holidays, beading crafts where she could make bracelets or necklaces for the grandchildren, a variety of scrapbooking ideas and even those fun latch hook rugs that were popular in the 70s and 80s.

From painting rocks to sensory crafts, creating terrariums, or even balloon twisting, crafts for the elderly are only limited by the imagination. Crafting engages the brain and enhances hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, and provides endless hours of enjoyment.

Switch around crafting ideas to provide extra stimulation for your elderly loved one's brain, which can help boost memory, focus, attention span, and reasoning skills.

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Crafts for the Elderly Sculpting Clay for my Mother
by: Connie

After encouraging my elderly mother to start crafting with sculpting clay, I was amazed at some of the objects she made.

She especially likes to make large style buttons that she can decorate (her favorites are decorating them to look like Minnie or Mickey Mouse). Her crafting on senior activities such as these have really enhanced her imagination and creativity.

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Elderly Crafts of Birdhouse Kits for My Grandfather
by: Martha

My grandfather likes to paint, so I bought a variety of wooden birdhouse kits at the local craft store, put them together, and then had him paint them. He also likes to paint fun outdoor signs that are placed into yards

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