Many senior living communities are stocking up on materials for popular crafts like knitting and crochet, two great ways to stay busy while listening to the radio or watching TV. Even dementia patients can respond well to supplies like soft yarn that provide sensory stimulation.
Also, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, seniors who engage in crafts like knitting and crocheting have a diminished chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss.
There are also physical advantages to knitting and crochet. The actual movements involved to knit and crochet can help improve dexterity and fine motor skills. By coordinating the small muscles in the movements of the hands and fingers with the eyes, seniors improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
This is a perfect activity for residents to learn while winter sets in.
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