Sunday, January 15, 2006

hobbies (crafts)

People who sew, crochet, embroider, knit, paint, write poems, or play musical instruments generally want to continue when they grow older. It is relatively easy to renew interest in these activities even if it has been a few years since the older individual has been active in them. Sometimes it is necessary to make a few alterations if eyesight or manual dexterity have decreased.
Many projects can be made manageable by using simpler patterns, larger needles, or a magnifying glass. New materials and techniques are constantly coming along and an occasional visit to a craft or hobby shop can prove helpful for new ideas.
Some people do not develop their hobbies or crafts until they are older because they never felt they had time to devote to them. Leathercrafts, ceramics, needlework, painting, china painting, woodwork, stamp collecting, and playing musical instruments are some of the favorite activities of older people. Many cities offer programs for senior citizens that teach crafts and hobbies.
Fromme, A. Life After Work. Glenview, Ill.: AARP, 1984.
Gillies, J. A Guide to Caring for Coping with Aging Parents. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981.

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