Painting Portraits and Exercise
Mom is an excellent portrait painter and still paints at 92. It earns her some money and gives purpose to her life. She used to live for ballroom dancing.
Now she and I both go to exercise class that has a great teacher, is only $2 a class, is for all levels of seniors, and is fun for both of us. It's at the senior center where she is making friends.
Even though I have kvetched in this site, I realize how much there is to be grateful for. My heart goes out to all of you.
As a former art teacher and now Personal Historian, the elderly enjoy
making collages, putting their family photos into an art project or redoing albums, or maybe enlist a grandchild to make a DVD movie of their photos.
My mother got a new hearing aid and keeps her enjoyment up of classical music. Help them have a good boom box or something portable and simple to use to keep connected to their favorite music.
And of course, they love to read and watch classic movies.
Earlier in the year, Mom got friendly with a Portuguese woman and they tried to teach each other their language. It ended when the woman had to return to Portugal.
Art saves lives!