Activities in Season

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Reminisce with a Grandparent

Reminiscing with a Grandparent ... is a great big learning moment. Listening to memories makes us see the differences, but ...
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Autumn Sensory Activities

Each season has its own brilliance. Autumn's brilliance is its oranges, reds, browns, crispness in the air, and crispness on ...
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Gifts of Art for Grandparents

Many children love to color, draw, and paint as a way to express themselves. They can sometimes create so many ...
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Nature Painting

For many of us who aren't artists, painting is one of those art forms that can be intimidating before you even try. You ...
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Reminiscing About Work life

Work takes up a great portion of our life. We spend hours at work to make a living for our families and ...
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Simple Homemade Crafts for Gifts or Bazaars

Some seniors, like my mom, love making things for others. She loves to give her homemade items as gifts for ...
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Remember When? Autumn

What do you remember about Autumn? Remember when... Autumn was a time to celebrate the harvesting of crops and produce ...
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Homemade Gift Certificate Ideas to Give to a Grandparent

Homemade Gift Certificates are little reminders of how much someone cares. There are no better gifts than this to be ...
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Activities to Enjoy in September with an Elder

Summer is on its way out, and many welcome fall. It's all about cooler days and nights, changing colors, bringing ...
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Reminiscing About Canning

Canning can be a fun family activity, whether I do it with my mother or my husband (my husband enjoys canning with ...
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Fun Photo Inspirations for Grandparents and Grandkids

Consider these activities with the kids an inspiration for fun photos! If you are caring for an older family member or ...
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Backyard Games to Play with an Older Family Member

Plan to Play Backyard Games! Here are 10 backyard games to play with an older family member: Cornhole - Is ...
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Autumn Trips to Take With An Older Loved One

Autumn is a great time of year... to take some day trips with an older loved one. Here are some day ...
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Crock Pot Mulled Apple Cider

Apples, Apples, Apples! Celebrate apples during National Apple Month (October) or any time of the year, by making favorite and new ...
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Keeping Active During Autumn

Autumn is a great time to stay active for older family members and friends. The weather has turned a bit ...
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September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Sign-up a Senior Loved One

Does your older family member or friend love books, audio books, movies, or magazines? Does she use the library or ...
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Back to School Word Search

What school words does your older family member or friend remember? What school words were not part of his or her ...
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Celebrate Grandparents Day!

Happy Grandparents Day! Sunday September 10, 2017 is Grandparents Day. How will you celebrate the Grandparents or grand friends in your ...
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Collecting and Pressing Flowers

Pressing flowers is an old craft, one that has been around for many years. Children and adults have easily preserved ...
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Autumn Mason Jar Crafts

Mason jars have been around since the 1800's. The jars were used in home canning for the preservation of food. Today, ...
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Celebrate Grandparents!

Gather the children and celebrate Grandparents in September on Grandparents Day or any time of the year! Celebrate by eating ...
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Kids Gifts for Grandparents

Children love making things. Here are some crafty and homemade gifts kids can give to Grandparents. Make homemade picture frames ...
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Decorating Nature’s Way for Autumn

Helping an older person to decorate their home with seasonal decorations helps to remind them of the season, especially those ...
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Autumn Reminiscing

Fall is a season of beautiful color... and a wonderful time to take walks or just sit and relax at ...
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8 Great Things to Know About Coloring with Seniors

When you think about coloring, your mind probably automatically goes to a child lying on the floor coloring with friends. And the only time you colored as an adult is if you sat down with a child or grandchild and colored with them, right? That’s not the case anymore! 

There are more coloring books for adults now than ever before. 

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8 great things to know about coloring with seniors

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  • Coloring is a creative art. Using your creativity provides you choices in color, shading, staying in the lines or extending lines. You have choices of markers, coloring pencils, paints, or crayons. Choices are part of creativity, but choices are not always a part of a senior as he ages. So creativity and choice go hand in hand.
  • Coloring can be an intergenerational activity. Coloring with a child links generations while they talk or just enjoy each others company.
  • Coloring can provide an opportunity for reminiscing. Many coloring books have themes that can connect with the past. There is everything from Norman Rockwell pictures, to Classic Movie Posters to Vintage Christmas Greetings. Pick a favorite coloring book theme and reminisce! 
  • Even though coloring with others can get us to talk and reminisce, coloring can also give us quiet time to ourselves and quiet time while with others. It is a relaxing activity for most people. Picture 10-15 residents seated around the table coloring, all quiet and completely relaxed. I have experienced many moments like that in long-term care. Amazing!
  • Anyone who wishes to color will connect with different pictures. While one person will enjoy flowers, another may love cats, or horses. Finding the right pictures to color is key, and lets us show our individuality.
  • Coloring uses arm and hand muscles and eye-hand coordination. It helps to keep seniors physically, mentally, creatively, and socially active.
  • Coloring is so versatile and can be an independent, one to one, or a group activity. Whether a senior wants to be alone or be with others, the choice is theirs.
  • For those with arthritis or those who have trouble holding onto smaller objects, try large crayons or large markers. Since everyone is different, this may or may not work, but is worth a try if your senior enjoys coloring. Another option is to add soft foam pencil grips to pencils.