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Get Your Family Involved in Some Autumn Crafts

Posted: 10/29/2014 3:09 PM by Interim HealthCare
Elder Care: Learn About the Many Advantages That Autumn Crafts Can Have for Your Aging Loved One

Autumn crafts are a wonderful way to improve the quality of elder care that your loved one receives. There are so many wonderful ideas that are available during these colorful fall months, and they can be done with you, with their grandkids, and even with their elderly care providers.
Why are autumn crafts such a good idea for elder care?

For starters, autumn crafts require concentration and a bit of creativity. These are two factors that are vital to overall mental health and well-being. By having your elderly loved one, most likely your mother or father, participate in craft style activities, you are encouraging him or her to exercise their brain. Keeping the mind healthy and strong is one of the best ways to fight off memory loss and even dementia.
It is a well known fact that the more puzzles and activities that require concentration and problem solving that a person partakes in, the more exercise their brain receives. Every thought and every ounce of concentration stirs up the chemical processes in the brain, allowing them to strengthen neurons and synapses, allowing for more retention and improved health. It also can provide an increase in self-esteem, which is essential when you begin to feel as though you can’t take care of yourself anymore.

Autumn crafts can also be a great way to help them spend time with the people they care about most: you and their grandchildren, if they have any. Fall offers so many different opportunities and options when it comes to crafts that you could actually have them take part in a different one every week, if you wanted to (and if they were willing).

The change of seasons is most commonly associated with the change of colors in the trees. Anything to do with colorful leaves can be a great and easy craft. Then, of course, you have Halloween and all of the amazing opportunities to create wonderful crafts. After that it’s time for Thanksgiving and turkey. Football is in full swing for those avid fans as well.

Autumn provides us with so many ideas for crafts, and these crafts are not just for children. They are fun for children of any age, even those who may require elder care. If you have someone who requires the help of a caregiver, suggest that they take part in any number of different autumn craft ideas. They will get to do something creative and also help improve their state of mind in the process. Then you just might get some wonderful décor for the upcoming holiday season!

If you have an aging loved one and are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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