March is National Craft Month and creative activities offer a sense of competence, purpose and growth for the elderly. These emotions are critical for achieving an enjoyable aging experience and according to Seniors Matter, some therapists even use art projects during their sessions with elderly patients.
Crafting allows elderly individuals to express themselves and develop an increased sense of wellbeing. This therapeutic release can play a key role in preventing psychological problems such as depression. Furthermore, one study even concluded that after a year of consistent art activity, many seniors experienced increased physical health and reported fewer falls and a decreased necessity for doctor visits and medications.
Stannah offers 8 easy spring projects to help seniors start experiencing the benefits of crafting today.
1. Showcase your favorite memories with this easy-to-make shadow box from This Grandma is Fun.
2. Be sure to never lose your place as you enjoy your favorite book in the spring sun with these ribbon bookmarks from Sparkles of Sunshine
Photo courtesy of sparklesofsunshine.com
3. These simple bird feeders from Messy Little Monster are a fun craft to create with grandchildren
5. Creatively display pictures of your loved ones with these personalized photo coasters from The Frugal Girls
6. Add a touch of beach to your home with this quick and easy seashell
7. Add a spring feeling to your living room and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy with this lavender pillow from Elder One Stop
8. Craftsy provides 5 tips to help seniors to venture into the world of scrapbooking
These crafts are designed to help seniors leverage the creative centers of their mind. Developing a crafting routine encourages mental stimulation and can provide countless physical and psychological benefits.
We’d love to see all of your creations! Take photos of your completed projects and post them to our Facebook page.