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Festive Crafts to Make with Your Senior Loved One This Winter

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Taking the time to create festive crafts with a senior loved one offers many benefits. The time spent together alleviates boredom or loneliness that an elderly parent might be experiencing. If nothing else, the activity breaks up the monotony of his or her day. The conversation that occurs between family members provides a chance for socialization and gives someone who is cognitively impaired the chance to reminisce by stimulating the memory center of the brain. The act of cutting, gluing, sewing or positioning items during the project also encourages the use of fine motor skills, which may benefit older adults suffering from arthritis. Here are a few winter-themed crafts for Omaha in-home caregivers to make with seniors this year.

Gingerbread House

The complexity of the traditional holiday craft depends on the skill level of both family members. You might take the time to bake and cut the desired house shapes from freshly baked gingerbread or find a kit with ready-made ingredients. Keep the project simple or as elaborate as desired. 

Miniature Window Murals

Draw the festive image or images that you wish to paint on a piece of paper and tape it to the back of the small window. On the front side, trace over the large details with a fine point permanent marker. With acrylic paints, use brushes or sponges to fill in the spaces. Allow the paint to dry and add details. 

Gift Baskets

The simple craft requires nothing more than baskets, ribbons and bows, holiday-colored or themed tissue paper and the items that you desire to give to others. Line the basket with festive paper, add the items and decorate the baskets and handles. 

Homemade Ornaments

Live-in Omaha, NE, caregivers can take gingerbread or sugar cookie dough, roll it out and cut using holiday-themed cookie cutters with their loved ones. Make a hole in the top of each to enable passing a ribbon through the cookie. Bake and decorate as desired. When finished, decorate the tree or give the cookies as gifts. 

Spend some time with your elderly loved one this winter and boost his or her emotional wellbeing by creating some of these festive crafts. For more crafty ideas, contact Home Care Assistance of Omaha, NE, at (402) 249-0204 today. Our premier in-home care enables seniors to age in place while boosting emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Let us customize a personalized care plan for your loved one when you all.

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