Crocheting is a skill that can be adapted for someone with Alzheimer’s.
Hazel Cattell may have Alzheimer’s, but she can still make beautiful crocheted pillows. While she can no longer do intricate crochet stitches, she can still make a chain stitch.
A chain stitch can be made with or without a crochet hook. I remember a friend of my mother’s teaching my younger sister how to crochet by making a chain stitch. She was too young to use a crochet hook. Yet, it wasn’t long before she had made yards and yards of chain stitch.
Hazel’s chain stitches are fastened into pillow by using a loom, a larger version of the toy that many kids use to make pot holders. Hazel now is making crocheted pillows, and her family has started a business selling them. You can read more at the original article from the Tifton Gazette at
Can you do something similar for someone you know with dementia, with a physical or mental condition limiting a beloved skill?
Sure! It can take some creativity, and may involve trial and error.
Using a larger loom for the crocheted chain stitch to create pillows and placemats was inspired. And something similar could be done for other crafts. Share your ideas in the comments.