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I gave my Dad a Fiddle Muff that kept his mind focused and his hands warm. It's a knit tube about 18 inches long made out of different weights and textures of yarn in many colors. Attached to the inside and outside were lots of different things like a house key, a dog-shaped keychain, a metal nut and bolt, charms, McDonald happy meal figures, small toy cars, Lego blocks, anything with interesting texture. He liked to feel all the things and would run his fingers over every item. We also played a game with it where I asked if he could find a particular item. Sometimes I had it and he would ask me to find something on the muff. I was amazed that he could recall what was there but didn't know my name.
Many knitting groups make these. It's a great way to use up little bits of leftover yarn.
Probably a dumb question, but what is a duplo?
Obviously the nursing home was keeping them busy.. so that's a good suggestion by 2 replies and l thirding it .. I think u should try that one...
As for music no one in family is into classical music but classical music became very relaxing for a while.. don't anticipate u will find one thing and be done with it...
Try anything on the all important schedule..
We r kind of strayed Catholics..
My father all of the sudden liked listening to rosary 3 times a day on cable channel. I got him rosary beads and a CD of the rosery to watch. As a boy he had been an alter boy. So look on that direction if that is or was her interests.
If you have a tablet or small laptop you can set her up with a 25 minute video and it may be all she needs.
My mom’s favorite activity was petting and talking to her robotic cat.
A bit costly but WORTH iT.
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*You could give her a vase and a bunch of flowers (real or faux) and have her put them in the vase to make an arrangement
*Install a birdhouse outside of her window so she can watch the birds up close
*I have given my mom several of her freshly wash towels and ask her to fold them...they will be a mess, but it gives her something to do and she thinks she is helping
*I have given my mom a wad of playdo to kneed in her hand while rocking in a rocking chair. It seems to soothe her
*read her a short story
My song-game suggestion was more fun though! (Just suggesting it for your mom brought back happy memories of my gram's last years!)
Old show tunes, church hymns if she's into that, Frank Sinatra or someone from her generation who she liked, songs from when we were all kids...
i.e. Old MacDonald had a farm eieio. On that farm there was a ___ eieio.
i.e. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray....
You get the idea.
I think it helps prompt their memory too. When you start the song, then they pipe in with words. My grandma came up with all the phrases to songs where I only knew the first part. I think it made her feel really good inside too because she remembered or knew portions of songs I didn't.
I'd say "Let's play our name that tune game". It wasn't really name that tune the way I described it above, but name that tune would be another idea too.
she can make things with a simple home made clay or sand moldings
There are many recipes for making them at home or you can buy premade.
Look at some things that are developed for children to learn and grow with.
Speaking of photos, any old photo albums around? I remember my folks had a lot of them and there were photos of people I had no idea who they were. No writing on the back.
I took up doing a family tree, and I could have kicked myself for not doing it sooner so I could get get the information I needed from my parents.