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Crafts

Studies show that seniors need a sense of purpose and to interact with others to successfully age. Crafts and other creative activities are a great way to provide that. Here are four fun (and simple) craft ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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Upcycled Potted Plants

Living around plants can have a multitude of benefits--they can do everything from boost your mood to purify the air around you. This simple project shows you how to upcycle household items that might otherwise be labeled as trash into decorative items for your home.

Add succulents, air plants or even small indoor plants to your upcycled pots to add both color and a little life to your home.

Learn more here.

Coloring

Coloring has been proven to be an effective way to decrease anxiety and stress in everyone from small children to seniors. Mental health professionals say that coloring, along with other solo activities like journaling, can significantly improve mood and overall happiness.

In fact, a study conducted for Art Therapy concluded that, when compared to reading, coloring reduced anxiety and improved mindfulness more significantly, as measured by the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale.

Print or have someone assist you in printing these coloring pages.

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(image c/o 100 Directions)

Sun Catchers

Sure to brighten any mood, these DIY suncatchers are a great way to brighten up any window. They use simple items like Mason jar lids, string and colored images to create a stained glass effect. This craft is a great way to involve grandchildren and other family members.

Learn more here.

Writing

Writing might not seem like a typical craft project but it can be very creative. As a senior you’ve experienced quite a bit and have your own unique perspective. It’s time to put pen to paper!

  • Recall your childhood friends and write about some of your favorite memories of spending time with them.
  • What traditions did you pass on to your family from how you were raised?
  • What was your favorite song as a twenty year old? What does it remind you of?
  • What was a conversation or interaction that you’ve had that inspired you?
  • Which family member are you most like?