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Activities for Ill Older Person

My mom, age 83, recently was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She was a pretty terrific artist, but now can not concentrate for any length of time so can no longer do her arts and crafts. She is very bored at home just watching TV with the home aide (who does not drive). I have suggested reading, writing, sculpting, and surfing the internet, none appeal to her. She does not have a lot of stamina and is easily frustrated. Any ideas of things to keep her mind engaged?


By Barbara N

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December 27, 20140 found this helpful

I do not know where your mother lives so cannot offer specific possibilities. However, many cities and towns have very popular and successful senior centers that offer arts, exercize, quilting, ceramics, etc. Many even have a mini-bus service to and from the center. There are also adult education classes offered in many areas.

You might investigate the possibilities and available transportation services in your mother's area.

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December 27, 20140 found this helpful

Additional information I meant to add-your mother could also benefit being with other seniors who may difficulties themselves. These senior centers offer excellent opportunities for social interaction your mother may not have and need just sitting at home.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Certainly there is a senior center in her community. She might be depressed. Being around children might help and animals. Take her to the park and let her set on a bench near where the children's playground is located. Not for long the first time or two because the noise might be irritating for her.


Also, the Humane Society in your area might be a nice place if she enjoys animals. The dog portion can be noisy with barking and such but the cats are usually quiet and can be something to occupy her. Also, if she enjoys looking at art maybe an occasional ride through a art museum in your area.

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