My Mom loved to crochet. The only stitch she remembered 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 and as gifts for friends and family. The “Group Home” where she lived used them for the dining table, smaller ones as glass coasters, and many for her friends as dresser scarves for their nightstands and dressers. I can’t count how many skeins of yarn I purchased that final 2 years of Mom’s life, a small price to pay for all the pleasure crocheting brought to her life.
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 did notice that he also enjoyed fiddling with large wooden beads.
A few ideas for other 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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