Crafting for the Senior Set

crafts for the elderly

Crafts for the Elderly
Gould and Gould

This book is probably the worst book ever for learning a craft. I understand that this was written for eldercare staff on creating some recreational projects. However, there are practically no pictures, the print is small, and the projects are kind of dumb.

I can appreciate the idea of crafting or any kind of programming for folks that have limited mobility issues, but this book is not necessarily the answer.

Note to any future caregivers of my elderly self: I am not making a wiener dog macaroni picture.


inside flap




  1. I just turned 60 last week. I sincerely hope that no one during my remaining 20-30(?) years ever suggests I would enjoy creating a pasta dachshund.

  2. Hmm, a demonaic sausage dog and a use for Reader’s Digestives! Spray paint and glitter are too advanced for old people in the early 1970s though.

  3. I’m guessing the second printing has the original cover, because it looks right out of the 40’s!

  4. I have a feeling that I probably would enjoy making a pasta dachshund, but I would never admit it. But I’m weird like that.

    This topic is surprisingly difficult. Having watched my mom go through assisted living and later, memory care, I know it is really hard to design craft projects that work for a variety of ability levels, both innate arts & crafts ability and level of dementia/impairment.

  5. I was 6 years old in 1971 and as a child I made both macaroni pictures and the Christmas tree shown (complete with green spray paint, but no glitter) at school. We used the TV Guide which was about the same size as Reader’s Digest. I remember the tree making was very tedious but my parents displayed it proudly at Christmas, and not one of my older siblings had made one so it was my unique contribution to the Christmas d├ęcor. It’s good to know that I can relive my childhood when I become elderly. That wreath though, looks complicated for any age.

  6. Oh, wow, I remember making a Reader’s Digest card holder in Sunday school when I was about 10, so around 1974-1975! We did all the folding and then were allowed to spray paint the finished product ourselves in a paint booth set up outside on the parking lot, as long as we “behaved responsibly” with the paint cans. Mine was gold and was used for years, set on an oval mirror on the front hall table to hold Christmas cards. It was part of a Sunday school program to encourage the children to make gifts for the parents, rather than buy junk from the public school “Santa’s Workshop” fair.

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