Connect with Respect - Pilot Mound Quotes on Canvas

Quotes on Canvas - Louise Community Support Services
Pilot Mound Fellowship Club
October 27, 2016
8 older adult participants (aged 55 years or older)
9 people involved in total

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Describe the purpose of the program/activity/event:

To bring older adults together with a younger instructor, and give them a modern craft that could go home with them or give as a gift. We wanted a relaxing yet fun afternoon of bonding and a way for everyone to express themselves artistically. Crafting is therapeutic and helps promote wellness both mentally and physically. All materials were supplied for a cost of $12, which was a reasonable price for people. Keeping the cost low was important so that anyone could take part. We also wanted to provide some memories of how they created their own piece of art.

Briefly describe what you think made your program/activity/event special? Why do you think it was successful?

This type of craft has not been done in the community, so it was brand new to everyone. It brought a group of people together who encouraged and helped one another. Some participants do crafting, but some have never painted or crafted before. For these participants, it was a good challenge and helped to boost their confidence that they are able to create something beautiful and create a craft. The ones with more experience found it challenging as well, and were happy to help others out. The instructor was very encouraging and made everyone feel special. With the boost of confidence everyone had, and by how comfortable they all were with one another, it would be safe to say that they would try something like this again.

How inviting or appealing was this activity for the older adults involved?

It was very appealing to everyone. Even though the quote was the same on each canvas, no two were the same. Since they were able to take them home the same day it was obvious that everyone was proud of their canvas. The quote we used was, "Never Stop Making Wishes."

How easy was it (for the older adults) to participate?

Fairly easy, however some needed help with putting a couple of letters on. The instructor was very helpful with this and made no one feel that they were wrong for asking for help. It was not overly simple nor was it to be challenging that participants felt frustrated.

How likely will the older adults who were involved participate again in the future?

Very likely. Everyone had a fun afternoon and were engaged through the whole afternoon. The instructor talked about how crafts are good for your health while some of the paint dried.

What advice would you give other groups who may be considering the planning and facilitation of a similar opportunity for older adults?

It would be nice to have two instructors so that people do not have to wait too long for assistance. Be sure to have something to talk about or a snack while the paint dries. We had tea and cookies while learning why crafting is fun and good for you. Have lots of paint colours to choose from, and lots of embellishments to choose from. We did and it was great.

What key learning (pearls of wisdom) would you like to share about your experience in "connecting with respect" and creating opportunities for social engagement of older adults in Manitoba?

Being a more modern kind of craft it was something they could be proud of doing. It was not a simple thing to do which sometimes is what happens when doing activities with older adults. It empowered them to see that they are able to express themselves as individuals and also opened the thought that they will be able to try different activities and will enjoy them.






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