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In my search for activities to engage my mother, who has advanced dementia, I prepared a beading activity.
I bought largish beads of bright colors and some beads that are animal shapes.
I chose elastic cord of various colors and colorful large, plastic needles. Not sharp.
I set some beads of each type within reach and hand her a pre-threaded needle with a knot at the end.
The story is that we are creating bracelets for kids in hospital.
Being useful and helpful engages her attention and efforts very well.
Cool, KawKaw! Does she seem to enjoy it?
All of my projects were a day late and a dollar short, sigh...
Thank you for sharing, this is a wonderfully creative idea. I would enjoy doing this myself!
Re: supplies. I live in USA CA and went to a hobby supply store (Michael's). There was an entire bead section.
My mother enjoys this activity very much. Last week, she was able to hold the needle, choose beads and mostly string them on her own.
Today was not a good day. She was having trouble with motivation and seemed very confused about what to do when presented with her lunch. Once I put the fork in her hand, she began eating a bit.
She still wanted to participate in beading when I offered. I did the stringing. She wasn't able to choose from beads in front of her so I gave her a choice between two at a time. "Yellow or red, Mom?" "A turtle or a dolphin?"
She enjoyed touching the bracelet-in-progress to look at it and talking about how much the a child at the hospital would like it.
Finding activities she wants to do is challenging these days. I'm feeling my way.
Thank you. I have a Michaels close by.
When y grandchildren were very little we played cards. First game was drawing a card and putting it into either the black or red pile. Next was putting cards in suit piles. Hmmmm....could work with dementia?????