Crafts improve resident’s fine motor skills

Sonia Lim 16 Jul 2021
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There is a lot of research that shows that art and crafts can have a huge influence on the health and wellbeing of older people. Which is why you’ll find that art is a regular activity within many of our villages.

Amongst the creative activities we offer, using and modelling clay is a fantastic, therapeutic activity that allows residents, even those with dementia, to express their emotions. Creating sculptures is stimulating, soothing, encourages social interaction with other residents and staff, and helps to develop fine motor skills, which can all lead to improved concentration, motivation and confidence. It can even provide some replacement to verbal language for those residents who do struggle to verbalise their emotions. At RFBI Goulburn Masonic Village, clay crafts forms part of the Clay and Pottery Crafts series that the Leisure & Lifestyle team has organised. During the most recent clay creative session, residents learnt to prepare, mould and shape clay into gnomes, which they then painted once they dried.

Another crafts activity our Goulburn residents have been exploring is plaiting little octopuses to acknowledge the importance of World Oceans Day. Our staff shared information on octopuses, the oceans around the world and provided wool so residents could choose to craft their octopuses in the colours they loved.

Again, this was a wonderful activity to held build hand strength, coordination and generate some fantastic conversation around hair styles many of us remember wearing as kids.

Arts and crafts aren’t just a health-boosting activity, they are also a fantastic way to bring our staff and residents together for a social and fun time. For more news from our villages, click here.