Fidget Spinners May Calm The Hands And Engage The Minds Of Those Affected with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
No matter your age, humans need to be active and to play. Engaging in life, in whatever capacity, is especially important for the elderly and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The latest product in the spotlight is the fidget spinner. Some call it a toy, others call it therapy for the child, or adult, with ADD, ADHD, anxiety or those who fidget.
For many people, though, playing with a fidget spinner is simply a way to stay focused and engaged in a pleasurable activity.
For someone with dementia, playing with a spinner can be soothing to an agitated mind. The person may not be aware of the therapeutic benefits, but they’re there nonetheless.
Spinners are made of various metals or plastic with stainless steel or ceramic bearings that allow for a variety of spin times. They are quiet in operation which makes them perfect for elderly who might share rooms in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility where others might be disturbed by noise.
Because spinners are small, they can be kept in a pocket, bedside table or purse and taken out and used whenever, and wherever desired; again, making them an ideal activity for doctor’s office waiting rooms or for evenings when sleep doesn’t come easily.
One thing I like about spinners is how well they fit into your hand. As people age, arthritis and weakness are more common. Hand activities, like using spinners, have an added therapeutic benefit of keeping fingers and hands stronger and more agile which may, in turn, help keep pain and stiffness in check.
A spinner can be used by holding in one hand and using light taps to get it spinning with the other. Alternatively, it can beused on a table top.
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Similar to the fidget spinners, fidget cubes are meant to occupy the hands and the mind.
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Variety is the spice of life so why not pick up a few of these different type of anti-stress toys?
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