DIY Crafts for Dad Sooth the Soul
(San Antonio, TX)
DIY Crafts for Seniors
Now let me tell you, my dad can be quite stubborn. After he experienced some mobility and speech difficulties following a stroke, he became withdrawn.
I knew he felt like he was useless, and nothing I could say could assuage him. Then, one day while in the hobby store and kind of looking for easy craft ideas, I picked up a birdhouse building kit.
It didn't require any major tools and was not crafts for the elderly but actually designed for kids, but when I gave it to my dad, his eyes lit up and he expressed a desire to put it together for my young son. Well, that was just the beginning. Now, my dad loves his hobby.
What makes it even more meaningful for him is that he takes his bird houses to the craft fairs and sells them. Because he's financially stable, he doesn't keep the money for himself, but donates it to local charities.
The joy he gets not only from staying busy building and constructing the bird houses, but knowing that he's doing something good for someone else has brought the sparkle back in his eyes.
Do-it-yourself crafts are especially suited to men who like to work with their hands and still have the dexterity to work with wood, leather, or paints.
Keep in mind that you may need to experiment a bit, but talk to your dad and encourage him to stay actively engaged with crafts that enhance dexterity and incorporate as many other senses as possible - not only for physical well-being, but for mental and emotional well-being. It worked for me...