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Leisure & Hobby

Going out into the garden, fishing with friends, a cosy game of cards: these are more than hobbies for many people.

Such activities mean social contacts, exchange, friendship, joy of life. That's why it's so important to keep at it even with limitations. It is amazing how many nice things are possible even with a handicap. Let family, friends or a taxi service take you to meetings. Many shops also deliver hobby supplies to the doorstep. And care services or helpers from the village and church community will certainly be happy to assist you if you want to visit someone or simply see old skittles friends again.

Life does not end with the need for care. On the contrary: especially in the first phases of the development into bedriddenness, many activities are also possible outside the home - and also very important. Contact with neighbours and friends gives new courage to face life. The experience of participating in sports groups, walks and excursions strengthens self-efficacy and independence. And handicrafts, games and handicrafts with others are simply fun and keep you fit longer.

Actively shaping togetherness

Many seniors report enthusiastically about visits from their children and grandchildren - and talk about it for months to come when they themselves can actively participate in their relatives' lives. Family caregivers have many opportunities to actively shape their life together.

Here you will find suggestions:

Go on excursions together and organise a group trip for seniors for grandpa or grandma - even in old age it is fun to discover new places and countries. Perhaps a multi-generational holiday together is also in the cards?

Encourage exercise: Even if your joints hurt, your back is aching and walking is difficult, exercise is often still possible and especially important. Look for special offers such as Iyengar yoga, where aids compensate for a lack of mobility and muscle strength.

Encourage volunteering. Many things are possible even with limited mobility. Find out from the parish or associations where there is a need and where the experience of seniors is appreciated and needed.

Get creative! Memory games like song-guessing, city-country-river or memory keep the brain busy and prevent dementia. And there is so much more to discover. Ask about the past and write a memory book. Read a movement story that stimulates the head and legs. Or cook together - that awakens memories and connects.

A desire for new things even in old age

It's never too late to learn something new. Admittedly, a new language or instrument is certainly easier to learn when you are young. Other things, on the other hand, you may learn more quickly as you get older. For example, if you used to like to crochet, you can pick up existing skills and take up the hobby again. It is never too late to learn something new - and it keeps your brain and hands moving.

Practical everyday helpers support you in this. Self-opening scissors for needlework and handicrafts, writing and painting tools for people with disabilities or ergonomic gardening tools: there is a suitable aid for (almost) every hobby.

Fitness for the hands

Improve your fine motor skills and reduce the risk of hand diseases

As the need for care increases, everyday life also becomes tedious. Our hands, which are subject to a great deal of wear and tear throughout our lives, are particularly susceptible to wear and tear. It is therefore advisable to take active countermeasures at an early stage. This is possible with small, well thought-out exercises in everyday life - supported by practical aids.

To maintain your hand fitness, try the following everyday exercises - or guide your dependent relative in them:

Stretching the fingers

Ideally, warm the hands in a bowl of lukewarm water. The fingers, which have been supplied with blood in this way, become more flexible. Make a fist and open it, stretching the fingers in all directions.

Marbles game

Take each marble out of your grandchildren's marble bowl one by one (alternatively, peas also work). The "tweezer grip" strengthens the fingers and trains motor skills and coordination.

Reach for the hand trainer

Hand trainers are available in different strengths and are perfectly designed to keep the fingers mobile and strong.

Treat yourself to a finger massage

This is very easy with massage balls, for example.

Keep moving

Regular exercise reduces pain during the day and helps to stay active despite joint problems.

Massage Ring "Jelly Ring

The flexible, springy massage ring with soft nubs is a practical training aid that improves gripping ability and stimulates the sense of touch. Particularly suitable for people with a reduced sense of touch in their hands. The nubs stimulate nerves and muscles in the hands.

Hand trainer "Powerball

The Powerball training aids for hand therapy are well suited for daily strengthening of the fingers, hands and wrists. They are also used in rehabilitation measures and to improve the gripping ability of weakened fingers and hands. The Powerball is available in different sizes. Diameter 5 cm to 7 cm.

Did you know?

The hand is a complex and fascinating part of the body, consisting of 27 bones, 36 joints and three large nerves. It is not only a gripping tool, but also a tactile tool that can feel the finest surfaces and sense heat and cold. Some of the most common diseases of the hand are inflammation of the joints, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendon disorders.

It is important to recognise and treat these diseases early on in order to maintain the problem-free functioning of the hand.

Writing & Games

Promoting motor skills and creativity

The ability to write is of great importance in everyday life. It allows us to express thoughts and ideas and share information with others. Through letters, postcards from holidays or personal greetings for celebrations and birthdays, we can communicate appreciation - or capture thoughts and information for later with a quick note.

Special everyday aids help to maintain the ability to write if this is impaired due to pain or physical wear and tear, for example. There are also various aids for children and adults that can be used to train and promote motor skills in general as well as creativity.

Biros "RingPen

The RingPen means that less force is needed when writing. The biros is placed over the index finger of the left or right hand. Since the centre of gravity and the point of support coincide, writing with this biros requires hardly any force.

Rheumatic" biros

The grip shape of this biros prevents the index finger from overstretching when writing and prevents pressure marks from forming in the crease of the thumb.

Pen thickener

These pen thickeners are well suited for small hands. They are anatomically shaped, one set consists of different colours.