It’s been found that art therapy activities are an extremely beneficial practice for older adults due to the calming effects, which help to eliminate any negativity around existing emotional or physical issues. Activities like crocheting and knitting require complete focus, which will stimulate the brain and reduce any feelings of depression, anxiety, or worry. In a study conducted in 2012 among more than 1,300 respondents, it was uncovered that adults who frequently engage in reading, computer activities or crafting were up to 50% less likely to develop cognitive issues. By engaging in crafting activities like crocheting, your loved one will lead a healthier life. Here are some of the benefits of crocheting.
Enhance Hand-Eye Coordination
Concentration is a crucial aspect when it comes to crocheting or crafting hats and scarves. The task will train your loved one’s attention to detail in each item created, which improves the overall hand-eye coordination. Crocheting typically also serves as a therapeutic activity that allows people to forget most worries and overcome any physical obstacles.
Reduce or Postpone Dementia
Studies have shown that art therapy activities like crocheting can aid in reducing the risks of developing or even slowing down the progression of dementia.
As crocheting is usually done in groups in an art therapy session, it provides ample opportunities for your loved one to socialize and connect with others in the community who are as equally intrigued.
Many participants in the art therapy activity found that they were able to overcome their negative feelings much more easily which helps improve their state of mind. Benefits reported also include therapeutic, meditative, and soothing feelings.
Help the Grieving Process
Losing a close family member or friend can be very difficult to take in and can sometimes cause feelings of depression and loneliness. Activities like crocheting can help take your loved one’s mind off their loss since the activities require complete focus on the different tasks. The look and feel of the item could be just what they need to feel better.
When it comes to designs, colors, textures, and patterns, your loved one will have complete freedom and can play around with them. Seniors can unlock their creative juices to create a product according to their intended design and then feel proud when it’s completed.
Even if your loved one is not experienced in crocheting, learning a new skill, feeling productive, and being able to express themselves through their artworks are some of the top reasons crocheting can enhance the self-esteem of older adults.
Live with Fun and Purpose At Morada Waxahachie
Here at Morada Waxahachie, we have created an approachable and enriched setting for residents to relax in their golden years. With assisted living, your loved one will be able to receive personalized care as needed, while taking part in a myriad of engaging activities, events, and health and wellness programs.
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