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Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Seniors

November 19, 2021

Best Care believes that there is more to quality home care services than just the basics. Family caregivers often serve as trusted companions for recipients of care. Let’s talk about some seasonal craft ideas - Thanksgiving crafts for seniors! 

What health benefits can arts and crafts provide for seniors?

Not only is spending time on craft projects fun, but they can also provide a range of mental and physical health benefits These include:

  • Relieving stress and anxiety
  • Improving dexterity and flexibility in the hands, especially for those suffering from arthritis or joint pain in the hands
  • Boosting confidence
  • Improving the memory of dementia patients 
  • Enhancing brain activity and cognitive ability
  • Improving the ability to express feelings more clearly, which has been known to enable people to handle long-term illness more easily

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Seniors

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get crafty. With younger relatives potentially coming to visit, seniors might want activities that they can do with their family members.

Otherwise, you can make some DIY decorations, gifts, or other Thanksgiving keepsakes that are perfect for this time of year. Here are a few of our favorite ideas!

Idea 1: Photo Organization

Many seniors have numerous photos from special moments in their lives. Gathering these photos together and putting them into frames, photo albums, scrapbooking, or collage-making can be a fun and simple activity to do together.

Creating photo albums can also make great holiday gifts for family members and friends, bringing together favorite memories into a heartfelt keepsake for your senior’s loved ones.

Idea 2: Dipping Leaves

Sometimes painting can be a bit messy but there are some easy ways that you can use paints to make attractive Thanksgiving decorations. Gather some dry leaves from outside, as large as possible.

Dip them in gold, orange, or yellow paint, to make for an autumnal color scheme. Leave them to dry on a rack or pinned up, so the paint doesn’t stick to a surface. Once dry, you can write messages of gratitude on them and hang them around the home.

Idea 3: Make Gift Baskets

This is always an enjoyable activity that results in a nice Thanksgiving gift for a friend or family member. 

For this activity, the caregiver can pick up some delicious seasonal fruit and candies or word puzzles to put into each basket. Another fun idea is to create a basket for kids using some crayons and coloring books.

Idea 4: Mini-Gardening

Another safe and fun activity for seniors is gardening. But rather than dig and plant outside in the yard, try these mini-garden ideas for the home. Pick up some tiny plants to arrange into a small flower pot, perfect as a centerpiece for a holiday meal, or order some flowers to create beautiful bouquets together.

Terrariums are also great as autumnal decorations, bringing an earthy feel to the table. Find a glass dish, fill the bottom with earth or stones, and then fill with plants, either artificial or real. If you use real ones, make sure that you’ve got the right kind of soil to suit the living conditions for the plant in question.

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