Keeping their hands busy

2017-03-07 06:00
Residents of the Kensington Home of the Aged are taking part in art classes to help them keep active and healthy.

Residents of the Kensington Home of the Aged are taking part in art classes to help them keep active and healthy.

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Residents of the Kensington Home of the Aged are taking part in art classes that are proving to be very therapeutic to many.

Those who can are taking part in the art classes every day from 09:00 to noon. They make door stoppers, and at times they paste pieces of paper onto plastic bottles just to keep their hands busy.

Helen Major, a board member of the home, says she didn’t like the idea of residents sitting and doing nothing.

“Most of our residents have survived strokes. Sitting and doing nothing just makes their condition worse and their health deteriorates, so I decided we should do art classes so that we help them keep healthy and active,” she says.

Although not everyone can take part, those who do are really enjoying it, she says.

“I think the classes have given them a sense of hope and something to look forward to. The moment I walk into the home and tell them we are going to the back for the classes you see how their mood changes on the spot. Those who lost the use of one hand are working in pairs. It is such a good thing for them. My idea is to assist stroke victims to stimulate the mind and this helps them a lot,” she says.

Those who can’t take part in the art classes play boardgames to keep them busy.

Major adds that they need help with volunteers who can take the residents for physiotherapy sessions. “It is so sad when I watch them do nothing. We are appealing to those who can volunteer and help the residents keep active as well. It can be anyone – even students who want to do practicals – we are calling on everyone who can help,” she says.V Call Helen Major on 078 780 0745.

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