Holiday Crafts such as Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern and Christmas Cards
After my 78-year old mom was diagnosed with vascular dementia, I worried about her ability to continue doing the things that she loved, most especially holiday crafts and elderly activities.
My mom was one of those people who could learn a new craft such as knitting using such things as a Christmas stocking knitting pattern, crocheting, scrapbooking, and even quilting without so much as batting an eye. She had been crafting for years, ever since I could remember.
Now, I worried that she might forget how to do them, or how I could help her with her crafts without making her feel embarrassed that she couldn't remember all the steps anymore.
My wondering turned to reality just last week when Mom broached the topic of Christmas craft ideas including Christmas cards that she had done in the past. Mom always made all her own Christmas cards, and one of her favorite post-Thanksgiving activities was going to the local craft store and choosing her paper, stamps, and those little gee-gaws that you could glue on the cards.
I was more than happy that my mom expressed interest in crafting the cards, but grew increasingly alarmed after we walked into the craft store and Mom’s confusion regarding all the choices seemed to overwhelm her.
I had read up on vascular dementia, which interferes with decision-making processes. Therefore, before Mom grew too anxious, I began to pick up, for example, two packages of paper and asking her which she preferred. There were dozens of varieties on the racks, but there were too many choices, leading to her increased agitation.
I found that as I walked down the aisles, and already knowing pretty much what she already liked, I would pick up two choices and then ask which she preferred. This seemed to help reduce her stress and anxiety and made her shopping excursion more pleasurable.