Did you know that activities can be adapted in caregiving?
I saw this first and most clearly with my mother. She was a lifelong seamstress who taught adults in her work before marriage and later my sisters and me as children. She also was a crocheter and could knit, although she preferred crocheting.
As she aged, her abilities to actively participate in the activities changed. from being the one to design and create the project, to teaching, then to helping and then to watching she remained an active participant. That sparked her interest, and we saw her face light up as the projects progressed.
Eventually her participation consisted of watching the activities. We still included her in the activities by asking questions and getting her input, when she could provide it. And it was a good place to start conversations, allowing her to direct the topics.
We even noticed that when my sister would come over with her spinning wheel to spin yarn, Mother’s feet moved with Ann’s as she spun. Deciding this was good exercise, we bought the treadle from a spinning wheel so she could exercise. And she did! She was happy participating in the spinning in this way.
Have you considered how your carereceiver can still participate in activities?
One way may be to find videos on YouTube or DVDs of his or her favorite activity. It could be a craft like knitting or spinning. Or fishing. Or even something like stamp collecting. It’s amazing what videos are on YouTube when you actively search. Here’s a knitting video I made before my mother passed that you can play to see how the camera allows the person watching to see and hear everything as it’s being done.
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To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Global Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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