What Kinds of Hand Exercises Might Help an Elderly Adult Retain Dexterity?

Arthritis and other problems can cause your senior to lose both strength and dexterity in her hands. Some of these activities can help to retain some of the dexterity she still has.

Elderly Care Brighton NY - What Kinds of Hand Exercises Might Help an Aging Adult Retain Dexterity?

Elderly Care Brighton NY – What Kinds of Hand Exercises Might Help an Aging Adult Retain Dexterity?


Daily hand stretches are a must if your senior has problems with her hands. This helps her muscles and ligaments to relax and retain mobility. These don’t have to be complicated, either. One of the easiest is to have your senior stretch her hands and fingers open as far as possible and then relax them. Another is to have her grasp something tightly and then relax her hand again. Ask her doctor about other stretches that can help her specifically.

Playing with Dough and Clay

Playing with modeling clay and even with dough is a sensory experience in itself, but it’s great for maintaining dexterity. Your senior might want to mold the clay into specific shapes or even just hold onto it and play with it. No matter what she chooses to do, the clay or the dough can offer a little bit of resistance that works her muscles.

Sewing, Knitting, or Other Crafts

Knitting, sewing, and other hand and needle crafts use specific and repetitive movements that can help to build muscle strength. One caveat to keep in mind, however, is that these repetitive movements can become painful if they go on for too long. Setting a timer can help to keep your senior from overdoing it. If she does need breaks, make sure to let other family members and elderly care providers know so that they can help remind her.

Playing an Instrument

Almost every instrument involves using the hands in some way to help create music. If your elderly family member doesn’t already play an instrument, she might enjoy learning one. Depending on the instrument, she might be using her hands in ways that she never has before.

Playing with Building Toys

Toys such as blocks or linking building toys require at least a little bit of manual dexterity. Even manipulating them enough to sort them according to size or color can be enough to give your senior’s hands a workout.

Be sure to talk with your elderly family member’s doctor or physical therapist about what other types of activities could help.

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Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

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