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Crafters - Create Fidget Aprons/Boards for Bored Seniors with Dementia

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Volunteer Polk

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 13 people are interested

During these days of COVID, everyone is seeking ways to stay busy. This includes vulnerable and confused nursing home residents who are bored during this time that they can not have any visitors.

  • Fidget aprons and other similar variations are easy to make and you can start with a store-bought apron or pillow if you wish.
  • Avoid using small buttons and items that can be swallowed and firmly attach all items.
  • Finished project should be cleanable - whether by wiping down or washing.
  • Aprons are helpful in that residents can not drop the apron, other formats are also acceptable.
  • Completed projects may be mailed (address provided once signing up) or for those living near Bartow, FL - may be dropped off.
  • "Fidget Aprons" project ideas may be found on Pinterest. In the event we receive more than the facility needs, they will be shared with other organizations who serve seniors with Alzheimers.

    According to Healthgrades.com," People with Alzheimer's disease (dementia) tend to fidget and need opportunities to make use their of hands and stimulate their senses. Activity tools, such as activity quilts (also called fidget blankets or fidget quilts), vests or aprons, promote this type of sensory stimulation. These items provide a source of sensory stimulation within easy reach and in a familiar form. They’re simple, low-tech tools specifically designed to help keep hands busy with familiar activities and sensations."
  • https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/alzheimers-disease/activity-aprons-for-alzheimers-patients-how-they-can-help

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About Volunteer Polk


1290 Golfview Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830, US

Mission Statement

Volunteer Polk’s Mission: We mobilize volunteers and resources to improve the quality of life for people throughout Polk County.


Polk County volunteers are seeking to:

  • Make A Difference,
  • Meet Others, and/or to
  • Maximize their Career Skills - while assisting various agencies in County government.

Assignments are targeted to make a difference in the areas of:

  • Education -STEM
  • Environment
  • Economic Development & Community
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Public Safety

You may choose to volunteer once-a-week or once-in-a-while!

Arts & Culture
Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Visual Arts
  • Patient Care
  • Sewing


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Create at your own pace.
  • We do appreciate Crafters maintaining and submitting a log that reflects the days, times of their work on the project. It is helpful for a report we submit to FEMA regarding COVID activities.

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