5 Activities to Keep Hands Busy
I receive many requests about items to help the person with Alzheimer’s Dementia to keep their hand busy.
My Mom loved to crochet. The only stitch she remembered after mid-stage dementia was the single crochet and chain stitch.
But she could still crochet in circles and created 100’s of Circular Hot Pads for use in the Group Home where she lived and as gifts for friends and family.
The “Group Home” proudly displayed Mom’s Hot Pads as table mats for the dining room table, smaller ones as glass coasters, and many for her friends as dresser scarves for their nightstands and dressers.
Mom crocheted endlessly but every stitch brought immeasurable pleasure. Her eyes would light up with each hot-pad she gave as a gift.
I hope your loved one finds something as fulfilling as my Mom’s crochet. As I’ve stated earlier, when my Mom finally forgot that very last stitch of crochet, she still colored in her coloring book until the end.
What I noticed most was that she wanted to keep her fingers and hands busy, almost like warding off some agitation in her fingers.
There was only one gentlemen in the Group Home where Mom stayed, but I noticed he enjoyed fiddling with large wooden beads. He would string them on a heavy cord, then take them off and string them again.
A few ideas for nervous agitated finger activities are:
- Large Wooden Beads – Yarn or twine for stringing them.
- Crayons and Coloring Books
- Word find books (If they’re still able to do these)
- Crochet or Knit
- Paint small ceramics (Paint Colors – Do not frustrate with lots of choices)
- Bucky Balls (Google gave me this idea last week! Mom would have loved this little toy!)
Last week, as Bucky Balls celebrated their 25th Anniversary — Google added a spinning ball to their Home Page in Celebration. Other sites and forums were abuzz with Bucky Balls 25th Anniversary. I was surprised that I had never thought of Bucky Balls while I was searching for activities for MOM.
When I was younger, my dad had a set of Bucky Balls on top of the television as though they ranked right up there with TV for a prized activity. I wish I had remembered that while Mom was with us. She would have loved Bucky Balls, and your loved one may like them too. A great activity for those still nimble, agitated fingers.
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Many of those with Memory Loss love Jig Saw Puzzles with large pieces
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