Help find my mom some projects.
January 10, 2012 7:57 PM Subscribe
My elderly mother needs a project or three to do during the winter. What can you suggest?
posted by Ookseer to sports, hobbies, & recreation (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
She's 80 and has pretty serious arthritis. In the last year she had to give up what was her biggest and most enjoyable activity of the last 17 years, writing the church newsletter, she gave up mostly because she was worried about missing deadlines.
Her sight and mind are good but her hand dexterity and general mobility are poor. She gave up crochet long ago (hands won't move correctly) though she is still quite crafty. She can sew but is unhappy that she can't do it as well as she used to. She loves to cook. She writes a lot of letters and has already organized every photo album and scrapbook in the family, and traced our family trees back more generations than I can count. She still enjoys tending the garden when the weather is nice, and keeps a lot of indoor plants, but now that it's cold she's going stir-crazy. She hates doing things for herself, but loves doing thongs for others. Something that could keep her active, not sitting in a chair, but moving about an hour or two a day for a few months would be perfect. She also lives in a rural area and the roads get unpleasant in the winter, so if it's something that can be done alone at home, all the better.