The benefits of coloring books for seniors certainly include the mindfulness and relaxation that everyone receives, but it also provides advantages in dexterity, boredom relief, and mind stimulation. In fact, coloring has been found to be helpful to those suffering from the early to mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
AARP believes in the benefits of coloring for senior citizens so much that they’ve partnered with HCIF to produce a unique line of adult coloring books called InkSpirations which are designed specifically to provide emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental benefits. They’ve provided two pages available for free. Download the “Just Be” coloring page here and the Mandala coloring page here.
Coloring Books For Seniors Including Those with Dementia and Alzheimers – How to Choose the Right Book
When shopping for a coloring book for a senior, consider his or her limitations and needs. Simple designs are best for those with sight or dexterity problems. Dementia and Alzheimer suffers may prefer a coloring book of everyday activities or ones that depict historical events which can lead to storytelling or remembrances of things they’ve done or knew about. Coloring books that lay flat or that a page can be removed from are best for seniors who’ll need assistance and professionally printed pages rather than those printed at home will be more rewarding and less frustrating. Printing pages at home with an inkjet printer can produce pages that smear and bleed when colored.
Purchase colored pencils, gel pens, or markers that are appropriate for the senior’s dexterity and abilities. A set of fine point pens can be frustrating as would a set of fat markers that won’t fit into the coloring lines. Soft watercolor pencils with a sharpener may be the easiest option. Provide pencil grips if necessary – they’re inexpensive and can be moved from pencil to pencil. Shop carefully and avoid the cheap Chinese pencils and pens sold at dollar stores and on Amazon.com. They’re frustratingly poorly made, and most of the good reviews for these inferior products are fake or are from people who received the items for free or a reduced price.
Coloring Books for Seniors, the Elderly, Sight-Impaired, and more
- Patterns & Doodles
- Fond Memories & the Way it Was
- Everday Life & Pets
- For Dementia and Early- to Mid-Onset Alzheimers
- For the Sight Impaired
- Religious & Inspirational
COLORING BOOKS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – MEN AND WOMEN
FLORAL COLORING BOOKS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND ADULTS
TRAVEL COLORING BOOKS
ADULT AND SENIOR CITIZEN COLORING BOOKS FEATURING NATURE
FOND MEMORIES & THE WAY IT WAS COLOR BOOKS FOR SENIORS
EVERYDAY LIFE COLOR BOOKS FOR THE ELDERLY
COLORING BOOK FOR DEMENTIA AND EARLY TO MID ONSET ALZHEIMERS SENIOR CITIZENS AND ADULTS (PLUS STROKES AND BRAIN INJURIES)
Connecting Memories Book 3: Coloring & Activities Book for People with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Brain Injuries, Stroke and Other Cognitive Disabilities – Volumes 1 & 2 Combined into One Big Book. (Volume 3)
Fight Memory Loss with Art – How learning an Art or Craft can delay dementia and Alzheimer’s. Why you need to take up drawing, painting, sculpture, music or another language to keep your brain healthy