By Anna Hazard
Easy to make do-it-yourself crafts are a common hobby for many seniors, providing entertainment as well as a good source of decorations & potential gifts at the same time. However, many crafts require at least a basic level of hand strength & dexterity to be able to accomplish the common tasks of gluing/pasting, cutting, painting, or otherwise holding a writing instrument.
For those seniors that may have arthritis, essential tremor, or other hand issues there are available a variety of more suitable art supplies. These tools tend to be advertised as ergonomic, are child appropriate, or have simple designs that are easy to use for all ages. In addition there are some art tools or add-ons (such as grips) that have been specifically designed for the use of people with hand difficulties.
Below you can find a selection of widely available crafting materials & tools of various brands & manufacturers that are suitable for use by seniors & others who require more ergonomic designs. While many items are available at local grocery, household, or hobby stores, some may require purchasing from specific art & paint shops or through ableware & health businesses.