If you are the caregiver for an aging loved one, you might be hoping to find something for them to do during the day. You don’t like them just sitting around watching television, but their physical problems make it tough for them to be very active. They can’t go for walks, they can’t garden for long periods of time, so what can you do to keep their minds active and their hands busy?
The simple answer is that you can help them to pick a hobby. Arts and crafts are a great hobby for people of any age. They can be adapted to fit anyone’s needs and desires, and they can range from a project that will take months to one that can be finished in an afternoon. Being able to express themselves can make your loved one feel more lively and engaged in life, even if they might not be able to get out as much as they would like to.
Here are some ideas for arts and crafts projects that your loved one can do alone, or that you could do together:
- Painting. Painting can range from water colors to tempera paints, and can include your loved one making their own design on a paper or canvas, or following the pattern in a paint by number piece. Painting is a great way to activate the happiness centers in our brain, because the bright colors tend to make us feel happier and more vibrant ourselves.
- Pottery. Pottery can be a fun craft, whether your loved one is making their own pottery from clay, or painting pottery with paints. He or she can then plant flowers in the pots, or put other odds and ends inside them.
- Coloring. Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! More and more adults these days are taking out their coloring books and pencils too, because coloring has been scientifically shown to reduce stress levels. You can get an adult coloring book for your loved one with lots of intricate pictures to color, or you can stick to the classic children’s coloring books. There’s something for everyone’s tastes!
- Model building. Model building isn’t for the faint of heart. There are lots of little pieces and moving parts, but for a sharp-minded person who wants to exercise their brain power and challenge themselves, model planes, cars, and buildings could be the perfect craft.
- Scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is great fun for everyone involved. You and your loved one can both go through your old photos and arrange them on pages with cute layouts to create a memory book that the whole family can look at whenever they want. Not only is it nice to indulge in nostalgia, it is fun to pair up the photos with the brightly colored pages and decorations.
These are just a few ideas for arts and crafts that your loved one might enjoy. Ask them what types of crafts they prefer, and they might just find a brand new hobby to keep them engaged and entertained with life.