Creative activities such as painting, drawing and crafting have so many benefits for seniors with dementia or other memory challenges. So much so, in fact, that it is often referred to as art therapy. It’s enjoyable, stress-relieving, allows for self-expression, can boost mood, gives a sense of accomplishment and even evokes past memories. Creative activities are awesome non-verbal ways for seniors with dementia to stimulate their minds and be entertained! Here are some art project ideas from Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Evans, GA.
When it comes to art, some seniors prefer to have some guidance. Paint by numbers and coloring books are a great option for these people! Not only do these art projects get seniors started by providing the first spark of creativity, but they also give them the freedom to choose which design they would like to work on, and create something they are proud of. Additionally, seeing pictures of things from their past could evoke memories. All you need for this project are coloring/painting sheets, paint, paintbrushes, pencils, crayons, or markers.
Turn on some tunes and get to doodling! Playing music will help stimulate creativity and inspire your favorite senior artists. Doodling allows seniors to express themselves to the fullest, drawing whatever their heart desires while socializing with friends! They can take their art in whatever direction, with no limitations. All you need to get started are drawing utensils and paper.
Whether they’re for family, friends, doctors or neighbors, handmade greeting cards are a sentimental and meaningful art project for seniors. These cards can give seniors a sense of love and gratitude and add meaning to their lives, knowing they are brightening someone’s day! It’s also a great way for them to express their creativity as well as their appreciation for others. Some supplies you might need include plain and decorative paper, cutout decor, writing utensils, glue, and stickers.
Who doesn’t love a beautiful flower arrangement in their room or on their bedside table? Flower arranging is a great activity for seniors because it is simple, provides cognitive stimulation, helps preserve motor skills and promotes creativity. Also, it can be done sitting, standing, at a table, bedside or from a wheelchair, making it accessible for pretty much anyone. The scent and color of flowers can also stimulate the senses. But if you’d like to create a more permanent art project, we suggest using artificial or paper flowers that will last forever, reminding the creator of their beautiful accomplishment every day!
Cut out some magazine clippings, fun designs and more--then let your loved ones create a scrapbook or collage! These activities are a great way to promote creativity, allowing them to design abstract work. We recommend cutting out things that reflect their past or their individual interests, igniting conversation about them. These are also great projects to continuously add to, making them a project that never has to end!
Art projects are a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember to keep safety in mind too. Consider what items may be choking hazards and what tools may be dangerous. For example, if you’re planning a project that requires cutting things, it might be a good idea to pre-cut the materials to allow your loved one to enjoy the project safely. Also remember to keep the craft at correct difficulty levels so that your loved ones feel creative, happy, and accomplished--keep it simple!
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