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What are some easy things to make for senior citizens?

I'm going to a nursing home on Christmas Eve and I really want to give them something for Christmas. my school went christmas caroling last week there, and I saw several people that were so happy that we were there. one lady started crying when we had to leave, for she said her daughter had left her and her husband had died. I want to make them something, preferably something that can't break easily. something not worth much, but something they can enjoy. I was thinking mini board games like chess or checkers. that gives presents to two people instead of just one... help?

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Give your time... If you have a way to get to the nursing home, stop by and "talk" with the older people and "listen" to what they have to tell you. Try to go (at least) once a month. Take a friend with you. You can talk to one person and a friend can talk with another person. Some older people have difficulty seeing or writing. Offer to read to them. Offer to write a letter to a friend for them. It can just be on note paper. Take some paper with you, an envelope and a postage stamp. Let the person tell you what they would like to say and you can write it for them. Let them sign it and you can mail it for them. Older people pretty much have what they want / need. They want companionship / friendship and know someone cares about them.

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Fedora....If I could give you a whole sky full of Ask stars for your answer, I would. I am I senior now but (hopefully) a long way from being in a nursing home, so my offer of all those stars in sincere. Way back when I was in my 30's I did a lot of volunteer workand your idea is one of the things I did at the nursing home. It was so appreciated by everyone. Hugs and stars for you from Ms. Disparado
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That Is So True!
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Peg board puzzles, key holders, popcorn balls

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Always popular and very welcome are small, personal quilts. These can be run up on a sewing machine in batches and are quick and cheap to make. Quilts are so very much appreciated, especially at this time of year when the elderly really feel the cold....

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A scarf, or a throw blanket.

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Cookies(:

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I thought about that :) but I didn't know if some people couldn't have it or not. :/
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The checkers board sounds like a pretty good idea, if you're good with that sort of thing. Also personalise it, maybe with a short message or some sort (i.e. Happy Christmas Name, or something similar)

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Thanks :)
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Pillows :) Maybe you could try to learn some of their names and stitch them on so it's a little more personal :D

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butterflies,cookies,cupcakes

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A personalized pillow, or throw is an excellent idea, and fairly easy...also I made "personalized stationary" for several one year, and they LOVED it. (I made it on the computer) Hankies, with their names sewn on them were also a hit. Having worked in many nursing homes, I can assure you that anything personalized would be a hit. Please go that extra "mile" and be certain to spell the name correctly, or even if they have a nickname that they go by. They would be so proud of the effort you went to, and what better way to bring yourself joy, than to bring another joy??

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One of the best all time things you can give a senior citizen in a nursing home, hospital, or even at home, with little or no family would be your TIME. They LOVE to sit and share their past with people. They love to talk to people who will listen. Many are lonely and have been stuck there because some families just don't want to be bothered with them any longer.
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cook them some beautiful food they will love it :D

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not only could you perhaps cook them something, but if you know they are alone (even if they are a stranger to you) sit and perhaps have a snack or meal with them.....they would LOVE it.
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yeha that a good idea too
and hey you have a story to finish you can't leave in half-way
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:D hehe
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If you can sing or know someone who can sing & play guitar or piano (if they have one there) ask them to come along and sing. Make it a sing-along. You wouldn't believe how many lyrics we can remember or partly remember!
Right now carols would be good, but at any other time of year just about any traditional songs, oldies, songs from musicals would be fine. Or read aloud a funny or inspirational story -see for ex. http://www.wanttoknow.info/goldwrappingpaper
Put up a few signs in the lobby and on the door announcing it and the time. Limit it to 45 min. to one hour, to leave them wanting more.

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That would also be a great idea, but trust me when I tell you this......if it were ME that went to "sing carols, oldies, or even a Happy Birthday", they would BEG me to stop and not to return! (to sing anyway) HAHA! As a teacher, I sang Happy Birthday to one of my students once, and over half the class covered their ears in giggles, and one said "Mrs. Clack, PLEASE stop singing". It was HYSTERICAL. But your idea is a wonderful one. Having a good concert for them is great, but I assure you if I sang it would NOT leave them wanting more....... :-)
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Now, I DID go to several nursing homes over the course of the years, and play Christmas songs on my flute, which I have played for over 20 years, and they LOVED that......so even those who cannot sing, perhaps can play an instrument for them.
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Neat! You PLY the Flute!!! A concert definitely & like I say, take a young singer (from church?) with you to sing to lead carols and wind up with a yultide tale / short story.
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Yes, I have on more than one occasion take a singer with me. Several actually. Yes, from church. My favorite song to play on the flute during this season used to be "Little Drummer Boy", but I have not played it in a few years. It was my father's favorite before he passed, and I just haven't been able to do it yet......but I will. In His honor.
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Your attention, most love to converse

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a cake
mmmmmmmm cake

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they like some little in rythymax singing songs to them

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I cannot beat Fedora's idea...please do that as one of your things. With a limited budget to make things, I am going to suggest you first go to Dollar Tree where you can get sooo much and it is all $1.00. If there was some way you could get a favorite family picture print for each person, you can get pretty small frames there...very personal gift. Remember that many of our seniors have bad eyesight and also trouble gripping small items. If you go with games or cards, get large print cards and games with larger pieces. For the group gifts everyone can enjoy, a large print Bible (King James version) would be really nice. Ask a book store if they will give you a discount because of what you are doing and offer to put their name & logo in it...they may donate if they can do this. No cookies or candy with nuts...hard to chew & choking danger.

I am going to continue this in comments as I know I am about out of room.

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More: Lap throws are great. If you do not have the time to make them, try going to GoodWill or Salvation Army. They often have a good stock of nice ones....wash them and they are like new...cost under $5.00. Any books you can find in large print, crossword puzzle books in large print, cards in large print, all would be nice. Even picture puzzles, just not real hard ones. If you can find out who has special needs like bad eye sight or crippled hands and gear their gifts so they can use them easily, would help. Remember, not all seniors have these problems but some do, and some really almost need something like a child would like....coloring books & crayons, child's puzzles.
Remember I am a senior myself.....so I will also say this....be careful you do not offend anyone with a gift that is to juvenile for them. That is why I say it would be good if you knew what everyone's needs and limitations are. I know this is a big order and I do not mean to be telling you what to do here....I am just trying to help you help them. You are so sweet to be doing this and God bless you for it. I am sending you a ((cyber hug)) from Ms. Desparado and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
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If you enjoyed your time with them, I would volunteer your time. many seniors get forgotten about and they would enjoy visiting or playing games.

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prune juice!!

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A little box of shortbread cookies. Make sure the box is colorful and decorated with holiday stuff.

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make some cookies and give them a gift basket and discount bingo cards. :p

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doesn't matter, im shure they'll appreciate the thought.

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I think you should bake some cookies :D Also, maybe get a few Santa hats. o_O

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Alot of times, they don't have any family coming over, so they would love it if you could just sit down and talk to them. But you can just draw them a holiday card or bake them something.

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Pudding.

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Get them some Q-tips,its cheaper than hearing aids.

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I went caroling at a nursing home and we gave Them some small candy canes. They need to be small so there Is little sugar for the diabetics.

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no one will ever know lol

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If ur a good singer, you could sing for them they love when people sing for them I do it every Christmas!!! Im really good @ singing SILENT NIGHT!!! :D

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socks , hat, scarf, or just listen to their stories old folk love that and they might be interesting to hear and you might learn something

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I used to have an elderly neighbor and she loved it when me or my mom would paint her nails:)

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