Suggesting Crafts for the Elderly with Dementia

by Helen
(Columbus, OH)

Crafts for Elderly with Dementia

Crafts for Elderly with Dementia

When it comes to crafts for the elderly, there's nothing that promotes imagination and creativity more.


However, catering crafts for someone with dementia can be challenging, especially when you have a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia, which makes processing instructions increasingly difficult.

When it comes to suggesting crafts for the elderly with dementia, it's important to acknowledge their capabilities as well as limitations. Crafts should be fun and enjoyable, not frustrating!

Seniors with dementia can get just as much enjoyment out of crafts as anyone else, but try to limit the number of supplies or steps in the projects you suggest.

Have an image or sample of what the final product looks like handy so that the individual can see what it looks like when it's done. Be prepared to offer step-by-step instructions, allowing ample time for the individual to complete each step.

Some of the most common crafts for the elderly with dementia include those that require tactile sensations.

For example, working with beads, buttons, clay, textured papers, and even finger paints provide stimulation and imagination through touch.

Also remember that someone with dementia may have a limited attention span, so crafts should be simple and slow-paced. A craft that involves some sort of repetition is ideal, as it helps to relieve anxiety and frustration.

When it comes to ideas for crafts for the elderly and especially those with dementia, it's not so much limiting possibilities as adapting those projects to the cognitive capabilities and personality of the individual.

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