by Diane Carbo
Combing crafts for the elderly, as a family project, can create fun gift ideas for senior citizens. Developing an ongoing family project will allow the aging senior to experience a new activity and relieve boredom and stress.
Spending time with your aging senior is probably the most precious gift you can give them. Here are a few ideas that would make great gifts and also have the benefit of getting to know each other on a more intimate level.
Consider asking your senior citizen to get out all the old photos and important mementos that they have saved over the years. It may be old letters, special cards, things that have some significance or meaning to them. The senior citizen may want to ask extended family members to do the same.
Ask them to take the pictures and start a journal. Write down what they remember about the individuals in the pictures, maybe it will spark a memory of a time long forgotten. If you have a senior that has difficulty writing, get them a recorder to tape the information. You may ask if they would be interested in taking a creative writing class there they can learn how to write about their life or their memories. You can then take their writing and create a special bound book for them.
If you have a senior that has started with mental decline, you may be surprised how much they will be able to share about the past, even if they cannot remember what they had for breakfast.
Everyone wants to feel as of they have made a small difference in the lives of their loved ones. Showing interest in their past will spark fond memories and create a wealth of knowledge for your future generations.
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There are several opportunities you can use the photos, the journal and the sparked memories. Depending on your interest and commitment level and the abilities of the senior citizen there are many avenues you can take with all this new found information.
For example, The National Public Radio has established a nonprofit organization, called StoryCorps®. This project is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. This was a system developed just for those who wish to record and save stories from their lives. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share with others and your story is preserved at the Library of Congress. The best part is, it is free! The senior citizens in your life will be excited and honored to preserve some of their history for future generations.
Consider creating a photo family tree for the senior citizen. Is the aging senior interested in genealogy? Do they have an old family bible or written history of past generations? If not, consider starting a genealogy project and use some of the pictures to create a photo family tree. Of course some of this research can be done online. The USGenWeb Project is run by volunteers to assure that there is free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. It is a great way to spend time with the senior in your life and learn about the past family history.
Another project you may use with all the pictures is to purchase a portable DVD player, one that can play DVD+R/RW. Then take the photos and scan them to make them digital photographs. Turn the pictures into a slide show, with captions, titles or even audio of the pictures. Burn the pictures into a DVD.
It is important that you provide step by step instructions, in large print, on how to use the DVD player for the technologically challenged senior citizen.
Scrapbooking is another alternative for utilizing and preserving the pictures and other mementos. This a is project that will give the senior citizen in your life the opportunity to create their story about their life with their personal touch. You can provide the supplies and classes so that they can learn this new found activity.
No matter what avenue you take in providing crafts for the elderly make them fun. You can get creative with gift ideas for senior citizens, but don't forget to make it special and meaningful. When the project is done, don't forget, no mater how old one gets to be, there is still joy and excitement in opening a present. Celebrate the finished project with a party or "unveiling." And don't forget to wrap the finished project!
Diane Carbo Registered Nurse has more than thirty five years in the nursing field. Her experience as a geriatric care manager, makes her uniquely qualified to help those who want to live out their lives in their own homes. That decision may be made when you are 20, 30, 40 or in fact at any age, with sooner rather than later being ideal. Diane has developed a web site to make people aware of issues and options. You will find extensive helpful information that will be continually updated. Please visit Diane's web site and learn more about good gift-ideas-for-senior-citizens Sign up for "The Caring Advocate" her free newlsetter and take advantage of a complimentary e-course Advocating For Yourself and Others
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