As a caretaker for my elderly mother, finding new activities and crafts is a challenge. She’s entering early the stages of dementia, so it’s important to find easy crafts that don’t make her feel like she’s incapable of taking on any creative projects.
Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to look for various Thanksgiving crafts for her to do around the holiday. When I create activities for her, I like to provide her with a creative outlet while also participating in something I know she will really enjoy.
When crafting with seniors experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s, engaging in crafts that jog the memory or utilize cognitive skills help strengthen the memory – something that’s very important during early onset of dementia.
Since we were going to be inviting mom to our house for Thanksgiving, I thought creating simple place cards was a good idea (http://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/crafts/easy-thanksgiving-kids-crafts/#page=12).
To keep it simpler for her, I printed out the free template and cut the papers myself, and then we assembled them together. As she wrote each name on the place card it would jog her memory about funny story or anecdote, so it was a great bonding moment between the both of us as we completed the place cards.
Creating a relaxing environment to enjoy Thanksgiving crafts is essential, so we just kept a slow pace throughout the day and chatted while we crafted – she needed to take some breaks every couple of place cards, so we took a small walk outside to get her some activity. A loving memory I will cherish forever!