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Solution Name:​​ Hand Coordination Activities​​ 

SKU:​​ GHACSOT

Solution Plan: ​​ 

Whether rehabilitating from a stroke or looking to retain as many fine motor skills as possible​​ as one​​ ages, the key to fine motor activities is to practice them regularly. The idea is that with regular practice,​​ one can​​ both rewire as well as strengthen the communication pathways between neurons, reinforcing neuroplasticity and even potentially protecting against cognitive decline in the future.

  • Coordinate hand-eye movement

  • Promote bilateral integration (using two hands together)

  • Employ hand division (using some fingers at a time and not others)

  • Skillfully manipulate tools like scissors, a toothbrush, remote, etc.

  • Cross the midline, or recognize the imaginary line that divides the body in half (left and right sides)

  • Control movement that requires brain feedback from the muscles and joints

  • Hold the hands and fingers strong against an opposing force

While routine exercise like cycling, yoga, hiking, swimming, tennis, and dancing is always a great idea for seniors, fine motor activities involve more concentrated work with the hands.​​ 

  • Knit or crochet

  • Color

  • Thera putty​​ 

  • Pinch and un-pinch clothespins​​ 

  • Pick up small objects like marbles or pencils (and then pick them up with tweezers)

  • Play games like Jenga

  • Do puzzles

  • Put pegs in a pegboard

  • Turn knobs (on doors, faucets, etc.)

  • Practice buttoning and unbuttoning clothes

  • Move small amounts of liquid (with a spoon, eye dropper, etc).

  • Dig and plant seeds in a garden

  • Put a series of beads on a string

  • Move beans from one bowl to another

  • Squeeze a stress ball

  • Open cabinets and doors

  • Practice an instrument like guitar or dulcimer

  • Sort jewelry

  • Stretch fingers with rubber bands

  • Squeeze water out of a washcloth or sponge

  • Thread a belt through pant loops and latch it

  • Open a padlock with a key

  • Craft with small materials like pipe cleaners, buttons, jewels, etc.

  • Toss a ball with a partner

  • Press small buttons (on a remote, phone, etc.)

  • Stack coins​​ 

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