5 Activities to Keep Hands Busy
I receive many requests about items to help the person with Alzheimer’s Dementia keep their hands 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.
When mom could no longer crochet, she started coloring. She might color the entire page one color, or complete an intricate design with beautiful colors. It depended on her mood. All those Coloring pages are dear to me now.
Besides the calming affect of coloring, my mom ate better, slept better and was happier with her coloring books. They were a blessing, indeed.
A few ideas for nervous agitated finger activities are:
- Large Wooden Beads – Yarn or twine for stringing them.
- Crayons and Coloring Books – A calming effect for the person with dementia.
- Word find books such as Seek and Find Words. My Mom loved these books too.
- Crochet, Knit, finger knitting,
- Paint small ceramics (Paint Colors – Do not frustrate with lots of choices)
- Sound Blocks (shown above) These are cute blocks that can be moved and turned to create animals which produces the animal’s sound when the puzzle is solved. Lots of fun for the Man or Woman who love Puzzles.
Many with Memory Loss love Jig Saw Puzzles with large pieces and I found that Search-a-Word Books kept Mom occupied for quite a while – She loved the books
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