Jewelry making is an amazing tool to help with fine motor skills for seniors, but many seniors do have limitations and so we have come up with a few tips to make beading easier and more fun. More information on developmental benefits of beading with seniors.
1) Bring a sample of what they are making. Seniors are very visual, and it is easier for them to pick their colours and style of beads once they see a completed version of what they will be creating.
2. Use beads with large holes. Some seniors may struggle with their eye sight and eye and hand coordination and beads with large holes make things easier.
3. Use brightly coloured beads. Seniors love beads with bold and bright colours, they are also easier for them to see, so therefore easier for them to pattern and design with.
4. Use a string that is easy for them to use. Our favourite string is tiger tail, because it is stiff, it is easy for them to string beads onto.
5. Use a clasp on their project that they can open and close themselves. The first time we ever did a workshop with seniors we used lobster clasps. At our next session the seniors told us they were not able to wear what they made because they could not put it on, of course we switched all the clasps to toggle claps and to this day, that is the only clasp that we use with seniors.
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