In the spirit of the season of giving Lois knits for those in need
Lois Horn is in her 90s, and still serving others every chance she gets. Lois has been a resident of Holiday Retirement’s Highland Estates for the past five years. Her life at the Cedar Park, Texas, retirement community has been enriched since she started teaching “Knit and Stitch” classes to other residents in her community.
“When Lois first arrived, she wasn’t in a hurry to get involved,” said April Meyers, enrichment coordinator at Highland Estates. “Now she’s really found her place in the community with the Knit and Stitch classes. Her ‘students’ are learning quickly, and they love attending the classes. It’s been great for everyone.”
Moving into a senior living community can be an emotional process for seniors and their families. For Lois, when she first moved to Highland Estates, she was a little more timid and reserved. But once she found knitting to connect with fellow residents, she really came out of her shell—and made knitting a staple activity at the retirement community.
When the Knit and Stitch classes started, most of the residents were beginners, and Lois worked with them on simple knitting projects. But the class progressed quickly, and before long, Lois had the bright idea to start knitting items for those in need in the Cedar Park community.
“We’ve knitted items for so many wonderful causes,” said Lois. “Our group has made hand-knit hats for adult cancer patients, hats for children at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and purple hats to raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome. It’s such a small thing we’re doing, but we’ve been able to brighten a lot of people’s lives.”
As it turns out, knitting isn’t just good for the community. It’s also great for your health. According to a The New York Times article, “The Health Benefits of Knitting,” helps make knitting a great pastime for seniors. Studies have shown that knitting can improve your memory and cognitive function, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and prevent depression. Knitting can also help those with chronic pain conditions, like arthritis.
“Learning to knit has been one of my favorite activities at Highland Estates,” said Betty Hill, fellow resident and Knit and Stitch student. “Lois and I have become fast friends, and her classes give me something fun to look forward to. I love that we donate the items to good causes. It makes me even more determined to do my best.”
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