Solution Name: Handwriting Skills for Seniors
To help regain control of hands and fingers, place coins on a table away from the senior and have him or her pick them up one at a time.
In order to increase fine motor, have the individual squeeze a stress ball in the writing hand.
To further aid in increasing finger movement, place a rubber band around the fingers of the weak hand, with the fingers close together, then have them spread out their fingers as far as possible and close them again.
Have them practice picking up a pen and holding it in their non-dominant hand in simulation of writing.
When individual is ready to begin writing start with having them focus on writing their name or short words accurately first on dotted line paper.
A specially designed pen, one with an attached base that helps to keep the hand steady, offering balance, guidance, and stabilization such as a weighted pen with a grip, is a good tool to help aid in the relearning handwriting stage.
Some seniors may find a heavier, weighted pen may help the grip and hold more easily. Weights can be added or removed to increase stability of the writing instrument and help control writing. Other pens are designed for holding in a different way to provide increased stabilization for writing. For stroke survivors with reduced grip strength, making the barrel of the pen larger may be helpful. (Source Caregiverproducts.com)
Simple Exercises for Fine Motor Skills
Moving beans from one bucket to another
Putting pegs in a pegboard
Using rubber bands to exercise your fingers
Squeezing a stress ball
1.Pen with Grip
Description: Novelty Jumbo Pens
2.. Peg Board
Description: Skoolzy Peg Board
Description: Stress Balls with Motivational Quoted