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8 Simple Senior Projects to Celebrate National Craft Month

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22nd Mar 2017

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March is National Craft Month and creative activities offer a sense of competence, purpose and growth for the elderly. These emotions are critical for achieving an enjoyable aging experience and according to Seniors Matter, some therapists even use art projects during their sessions with elderly patients.

Crafting allows elderly individuals to express themselves and develop an increased sense of wellbeing. This therapeutic release can play a key role in preventing psychological problems such as depression. Furthermore, one study even concluded that after a year of consistent art activity, many seniors experienced increased physical health and reported fewer falls and a decreased necessity for doctor visits and medications.

Stannah offers 8 easy spring projects to help seniors start experiencing the benefits of crafting today.

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1. Showcase your favorite memories with this easy-to-make shadow box from This Grandma is Fun

Photo courtesy of thisgrandmaisfun.com

Photo courtesy of thisgrandmaisfun.com

2. Be sure to never lose your place as you enjoy your favorite book in the spring sun with these ribbon bookmarks from Sparkles of Sunshine

Photo courtesy of sparklesofsunshine.com

Photo courtesy of sparklesofsunshine.com

3. These simple bird feeders from Messy Little Monster are a fun craft to create with grandchildren

Photo courtesy of messylittlemonster.com

Photo courtesy of messylittlemonster.com

4. This Suncatcher from Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care will not only liven up your yard, but can even help reduce sundowning symptoms in elderly patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Photo courtesy of crossroadshospice.com

Photo courtesy of crossroadshospice.com

5. Creatively display pictures of your loved ones with these personalized photo coasters from The Frugal Girls

Photo courtesy of thefrugalgirls.com

Photo courtesy of thefrugalgirls.com

6. Add a touch of beach to your home with this quick and easy seashell

Photo courtesy of thisgrandmaisfun.com

Photo courtesy of thisgrandmaisfun.com

7. Add a spring feeling to your living room and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy with this lavender pillow from Elder One Stop

Photo courtesy of elder-one-stop.com

Photo courtesy of elder-one-stop.com

8. Craftsy provides 5 tips to help seniors to venture into the world of scrapbooking

Photo courtesy of craftsy.com

Photo courtesy of craftsy.com

These crafts are designed to help seniors leverage the creative centers of their mind. Developing a crafting routine encourages mental stimulation and can provide countless physical and psychological benefits.

We’d love to see all of your creations! Take photos of your completed projects and post them to our Facebook page.