Not very many people know but seniors and the elderly who have dementia can still enjoy the fun of crafts. We often think of those with dementia as having no sense of their surroundings and sometimes being impossible to do anything with. And while it’s true that seniors with dementia are often prone to experience bouts of confusion, they are still capable of finding joy in even the simplest of things. So why not try to bring out that joy with some fun crafts and games? Here’s a few to try:
Balloon Volleyball: Most elderly residents don’t have enough strength and endurance to play a real game of volleyball with a ball that can certainly do some damage. But substituting a balloon in place of a real volleyball can make playing possible again. And even more fun since there’s no risk of damage.
Holiday Toss: Have a fun game of “Toss the Hat” This is pretty simple, and it’s a game that can be played anytime (just switch out the hats according to the season). All you have to do is grab a hat (and since it’s the holiday season, I recommend a Santa Hat), fill it with candy, get in a circle with friends, family, caregiver and your elderly loved one, and try tossing it among each other without letting any of the candy drop.
There are certainly more activities you can try. Our caregivers at A-1 Home Care certainly know enough to keep seniors and the elderly occupied. Aside from caregivers, A-1 Home Care provides many other services such as Companion Care,Live in and 24 Hour care for your loved ones. We serve Altadena, Arcadia, City of Industry, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights,San Dimas, and all other cities throughout San Gabriel Valley.
Our team at A-1 Home Care in San Gabriel Valley believes in lending our helping hands for community service. On Monday, our field supervisor Michael, along with case manager Jackie, and social media bloggers Jesus and Hanna were welcomed by an activity room filled with seniors eagerly awaiting for the event at the Two Palms Convalescent Hospital in Pasadena. We began with a presentation about the spirit of the holidays, then proceeded to entertain them with a few classic Christmas scenes from movies as well as joyous Christmas music.
Once everyone was settled in and got excited about the holidays, we then began the main arts and crafts event by handing each participant ornaments and creative supplies to personalize their own. After all the glues and glitters were dried, the Christmas tree at the center got a little more personalized, and everyone had a great time and Christmas cannot arrive sooner!
Our staff had a wonderful time sharing the Christmas cheers at the Two Palms Convalescent Hospital, and we hope everyone can have as big a smile this holiday season as the seniors we interacted with in Pasadena.