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She goes to a care center three days a week where they do activities but on the other days, all she wants and will do is color. Granted it is more than she used to do when my cousin was her caretaker, (then she just stared at the TV all day) but I am beginning to wonder if that is what's causing her to complain of eye pain. Staring at a coloring book all day strains her eyes and then she gets extra cranky because she can't color anymore. Any ideas on new activities?

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My Dad loved working paper mâché He was making puppet heads. Just blow up a small ballon to start.

Yeah, it's a bit messy. Spread an old sheet. It's just flour and water so it washes up easy.

Depending on how large the paper got wrapped...it could take a week to dry. Then..water color to paint the face..hair..etc. great home project...newspaper, flour, water, and old fashions water colors.
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I'd get her eyes checked, just to make sure she's not in more pain than you know and go with the coloring as long as she wants to do it.

You'll probably get a lot of ideas about activities around here, but I would be thrilled if she loved to color everyday.

She might need glasses. While it can be a chore for people with dementia to keep up with glasses, it might be more feasible for your grandma if she lives at home. Did she have reading glasses before?
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