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Beading activity
Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2020 6:59 PM
Joined: 11/22/2019
Posts: 399

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.


Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:17 PM
Joined: 10/24/2018
Posts: 1524

Cool, KawKaw! Does she seem to enjoy it?

All of my projects were a day late and a dollar short, sigh...

Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:24 PM
Joined: 12/1/2019
Posts: 120

One of my big struggles is keeping DH entertained and he might actually do this.  I love the idea about it being for kids in the hospital.  He really wants to be useful.  This is a great tip.
Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2020 5:09 PM
Joined: 12/22/2018
Posts: 188

I love the idea. My mom wants to knit, but she's having difficulty with the needles and the process - so I've been looking for a replacement activity that's creative, colorful, tactile. This fits the bill, thank you!
Jo C.
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:38 AM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13113

Thank you for sharing, this is a wonderfully creative idea.  I would enjoy doing this myself!


Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:57 AM
Joined: 10/9/2014
Posts: 1186

Yeah, it sounds like fun.  I wish that my LO would have been able to engage in activities.  I think it varies by person.
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:55 PM
Joined: 5/22/2018
Posts: 369

Awesome!  My mom has been over puzzles, painting, etc for some time. She basically only watches tv. I may try this.
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:01 PM
Joined: 2/4/2020
Posts: 4

What a beautiful idea. Such a great way to bring joy to your loved ones life and share that joy with others. ❤❤
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:15 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20903

Love this. Where would one get the supplies?
Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:07 PM
Joined: 11/22/2019
Posts: 399

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.

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 11:33 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20903

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?????

TB in VB
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 1:11 PM
Joined: 1/6/2022
Posts: 4

I like this beading activity a lot, thanks for the great idea.  My mom used to be very crafty, she did a lot of cross-stitching, sewing, and quilting.  I'm going to try this with her as soon as I can get supplies.
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 2:07 PM
Joined: 5/5/2021
Posts: 159

Thanks! I’m going to keep this one up my sleeve for my mom!
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