Keeping calm and paying attention without moving around is all well and good in most situations. It keeps us from distracting others. But sometimes, due to illness or trauma or mental state, small movements are good for us. Sometimes we just need to fidget.
Quilters have started making Fidget Quilts for this reason. The little quilts, about the size of a placemat, fit in the patient's lap. There are usually lots of textures for people to feel, and sometimes zippers or velcro or buttons to work. Many nursing homes are using these quilts with Alzheimers patients.
These things are addictive! I'm already planning another one.
Below is a link to an info sheet on Fidget Quilts. I don't know if the person who wrote it actually invented these or not, but it's a good summary of what they are and why we make them.
Fidget Quilt Info Sheet
Have fun this week, and fidget like crazy.