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Easy Crafts for the Elderly and Impaired To Enjoy

Updated on April 16, 2013

Seniors Exercising.

Along with exercise seniors can enjoy a great many crafts.
Along with exercise seniors can enjoy a great many crafts.

Crafts for Elderly and Impaired

There are many fun crafts for the elderly and impaired to enjoy. Getting old or dealing with a physical, mental or emotional impairment doesn't mean you cannot enjoy indulging in crafts and fun projects. Even if you are impaired--physically, emotionally or visually you can still find crafts that you can enjoy doing and relish the outcome of your creative handiwork. Arm yourself with lots of determination and you will succeed.Ask for some help when you need it, as there are many people out there happy to assist you with whatever project you wish to complete.

Pottery is Fun Craft

Have fun making  pots and bowls
Have fun making pots and bowls

Pottery Craft

Pottery can be a fun, creative and satisfying craft for the elderly to enjoy. Seniors can enjoy making bowls and pots and sharing their works of art with friends and family. If the elderly are visually impaired they can still enjoy this craft with a little extra assistance. If seniors have to deal with some physical challenges, they can also receive some outside help from others and still enjoy this activity. You can often find classes in pottery in your city at community colleges, art centers and senior centers. Along with learning a new craft you can make lots of new friends who share your interest. You could turn out some amazingly beautiful pieces that may actually surprise you.

Learn How to Knit

Kniting isn't just for women
Kniting isn't just for women

Knitting

Learn how to knit sweaters, blankets and many other things. Keep your fingers nimble and have fun creating new items. Make caps for cancer patients, knit clothes for grandkids and decorate your house with throws over sofas and chairs. You can learn this craft even if you have visual problems. If you find you have too much spare time during the day you can enjoy knitting and listening to music. Classes are available at needlepoint and yarn shops. Another benefit of taking classes is that you will meet people who share your interest.

Indoor Plants Add a Touch of Beauty

Have a bunch of indoor plants to take care of
Have a bunch of indoor plants to take care of

Take Care of Plants

There is a great pride in cultivating green plants in the home. Digging in the soil is very therapeutic and creates peaceful feelings inside. For elderly folks that have difficulty getting around, growing plants in the home can be much easier than planting outside. They can bring some of outside nature indoors an enjoy the greenery and flowers everyday. There is a sense of satisfaction to know that you are instrumental in making the plants grow and thrive. To further your knowledge and ability visit a local nursery and make a list of questions that a plant expert can help you with.

Scrapbooking

Learn to Scrapbook
Learn to Scrapbook

Scrap booking: A Fun Craft

Scrap booking is a great way to gather all your memories and decoratively assemble them in one place. Photos of family, friends and special events and occasions create lasting memories. You can purchase your supplies at one of many scrapbook places or buy them online. This is a wonderful way to spend a rainy day, or actually any day. The end result will bring many rave reviews and you can enjoy your memories often.

Other Craft Ideas

Take up watercolor painting or experiment with acrylic paints.You can learn how to paint from an instruction book, classes or tutorials available online.

  • Try your hand at making collages with paper chips you can get free from paint store. Decoupage is easy and you can easily make your own glue to finish the project.
  • Learn how to sew and make clothes and decorative items for the family and gifts for friends. If you like working with wood take a class in woodcarving.
  • Classes in stone polishing is another idea.
  • Beading is very popular today and you can learn to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings. You can even bead scarves, sweaters and dresses.

Along with the joy of doing crafts and projects you will learn to do new things and meet new people. There are many crafts for the elderly and impaired to enjoy.

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    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I so agree with you. I always have a lot of interests which I hope to keep forever...I love getting up in the morning --writing of course, painting, playing the piano, reading, biking and cooking..Thank you for votes

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      Dahlia Flower 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I like all your ideas. My favorite is the decoupage. Unfortunately, though, at least in my experience with dear elderly relatives who are very bored and feeling isolated -- I'm speaking of two in particular -- the old cliché is true: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. If a person has arrived, for instance, at the age of eighty and has not been able to do the things they used to enjoy at sixty, they aren't of a mindset to try anything new.

      However, if they are blessed to have the opportunity to make new friends before the opportunity of learning a new craft, then they might be feeling jolly enough in the presence of a new friend to say, "Okay, I'll give it a try." But with just us ol' hat friends and family around, they are not interested. Depression can be the result (or the precursor.)

      Voting up, useful, interesting and sharing.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks again Rajan Jolly. I thought this was an important topic t o let people know it is never too late to try something new. And so many thanks for votes and shares.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful hub for people who need to be be joyfully engaged in a pastime. Voted up and sharing.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for comments..and glad you were inspired to buy some plants. Maybe you can encourage her to crochet..by saying you would love a crochet hat or something. And as always thanks for stopping by.

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      These are all wonderful craft ideas for the elderly. ... my grandma used to crochet all the time but she doesn't do it anymore and I don't know why.. she made such beautiful pieces. I wish she would start again.. I think she would enjoy it and it would give her something to do. Your hub has given me a great idea... I think I'm going to get her a plant or two. Now that I think about it, she doesn't have any plants!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for stopping in and lovely comments. And of course for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Great ideas for the elderly!! Really fun things for them to do, and creative ideas too. Thanks for sharing, Carol, and I share as well!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      How nice to give back..because God willing we will be there. Thanks for stopping by.

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I think it's so important to continue living when we are getting older...that's what keep our life fun and interesting. I am not yet there ... so in the mean time I am in a choir and we go sing in nursing homes!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Liz: Thanks for stopping by and your nice comments.

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      Liz Walmoth 

      6 years ago

      I've worked with many seniors who live in long term care.

      These are great ideas that would be enjoyed in the recreation departments.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      MazioCreate: Thanks for kind remarks and dropping by.

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      MazioCreate 

      6 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      I currently visit several elderly people in my local community and think this is a great hub. I'm writing the life story of one gentleman and hope he and his family will enjoy the final product. A couple of the women are in a hostel and are beginning to become involved in the crafts that are on offer. Shared with my followers.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I love crafts and I have learned so much about them from the elderly. Excellent hub!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much Billybuc. I really appreciate your kind words. As we grow older sometimes we face difficult challenges in life. No one understands until they are there. I have great empathy for those who need extra attention and care.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Any Hub that benefits the elderly and impaired is a Hub worth reading. Well done; passing this on to others.

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