By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of five frighteningly fun Halloween themed crafts that are suitable for seniors and those with arthritis or other hand dexterity & strength issues. Some of the cuter crafts are also suitable for child crafters or for a whole family crafting event with none of the tutorials indulging in any of the more gruesome aspects of the holiday.
Besides the ample use of seasonal pumpkins, most of the tutorials use normal household supplies (such as jars, socks, paper, flowers) or basic crafting materials (such as felt, yarn, paint, various varieties of glue) as their bases. Special arthritis friendly crafting tools can be used for those senior loved ones who may have more trouble using normal scissors, brushes, and pens due to more extreme hand issues.
By Lydia Chan
Every 65 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. When that someone is you or a loved one, it can feel like time is stopping completely. Dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be a challenge in so many ways, but one of the biggest hurdles individuals and families face is figuring out how to pay for care. If you find yourself in the position of paying for Alzheimer’s care, here is some information you may find helpful.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of festivities during the fall season taking place throughout Maryland that are particularly suitable for seniors, whole families (often including kid & pet friendly events), or those with mobility or health issues. Many events take advantage of the cool autumn weather (that is neither too abrasively hot or cold ) by having outdoor components to being held entirely outside.
The particular focus is on seasonal autumn harvests (especially the availability of healthy fresh produce), leaf viewing, Halloween themed events, and other festivals, bazaars, and gatherings that have an fall flavor or motif to their activities. More general events that take place during the season have also been included at the bottom of the list.
Pick Your Own Produce (Apples & Pumpkins)
By Chris H
Looking to improve the health of your joints without your arthritis flaring up? Swimming might be just what the doctor ordered. Swimming works every muscle in the body and helps you maintain your joints without the dreaded joint pain. If you’re nervous or skeptical about getting in your backyard pool, remember that swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for your joints. You’ll lose weight, build muscle and reduce joint pain. The alternative, sitting still and not exercising at all, will only make your joint pain worse. Learn more about how swimming improves joint health.
By Anna Hazard
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Here are an assortment of iOS exclusive games for both the iPhone & iPad that have either been newly released or did not fit within the previous categories of our Stress Relief Game Apps (2017) series.
The focus here are on calming & relaxing games that offer a bit of entertainment, distraction, or soothing mental stimulation through their interaction, puzzles, or other gameplay elements. All apps are either free to play (some including the the options to upgrade for the removal of ads or more premium content) or have a low cost of $5 or less.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of fall themed crafts that are suitable for seniors, kids, and those who may have arthritis or other hand strength & dexterity issues. The focus this time is on using base materials that can be gathered freshly outside during a fun activity or excursion. For those who may not have access to trees and other plants that would provide these materials, they can be inexpensively bought online or at local craft, hobby, art, or even grocery stores depending upon the exact item.
Other crafting supplies that will be needed include bases for wreathes (either pre-made ones or do-it-yourself ones such those made from pool noodles), glue, paint, scissors, felt or other decorative fabric. Some crafts may require more specialized materials such as plaster of paris, magnets, or tiles. A bit of preparation in advance may be required for those who chose to dry (or bake) their own materials and for those seniors who may have trouble handling knives for cutting fruit or using heavy irons.
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