Seniors are busy all day at our center. From the time they come in the morning to the time they go home, they’re engaged in activities and laughing their way through the day. Not only do we strive to keep seniors active here at the center, but we also want the positive, productive feelings and brain stimulation to continue at home.
To ensure that the good times continue to roll when people leave here, the Recreation Coordinator for our dementia program contacts caregivers to suggest and help plan activities for seniors at home. Her latest project was modeled after the Rose Parade to keep flowers blooming through the winter months. The project encouraged seniors to use items they have at home to create parade floats. Some seniors do it by themselves, while others work with family members or home health aides.
You’ll see some of their beautiful work in the above picture. They were so proud to bring their projects for all to see! This activity allowed them to express themselves through art and help them feel productive, while stimulating the brain and maximizing fine motor skills. It can also be a wonderful bonding experience for caregivers and their loved ones. To find out more information about the benefits of Art Therapy and how it can help you and your loved ones, check out www.arttherapy.org
I’ll keep posting project ideas through my blog – feel free to try something at home with your loved one. Do you have any project ideas for us – please share with me!
I love these flowers? Any chance you can give us at home some step-by-step directions?— Stav / February 2nd, 2010 at 11:55 am
Glad you like the flowers! Please call the center’s main # at 718-397-2000 and ask for me. I’ll connect you with our Recreation Coordinator and she’ll be glad to help you.— Debbie Stricoff / February 8th, 2010 at 1:44 pm