Flowers and candy are always a pleasant surprise for mom. But this Mother’s Day week, local families will bond with mom over the new craze of coloring. It all started as a new trend with young adults who use coloring to destress. Now research shows coloring has big health benefits for the elderly, too.

This year a local business will introduce families to a new twist on tradition.

SYNERGY HomeCare of Edmond will celebrate Mother’s Day in a most colorful way, with a fun event coloring book event for elderly moms.

Coloring helps with the six Cs including: coordination, creativity, communication, calmness, capability and connection.

The SYNERGY HomeCare Coloring Club will host a free “Color Mom Happy” event from 1-4 p.m. May 6 at the SYNERGY HomeCare office located at 13720 N. Bryant Ave. in Edmond.

The event is open to all elderly moms and their families. A coloring contest will take place along with raffles for prizes. The grand prize includes three free hours of service from SYNERGY HomeCare. Refreshments will also be served.

SYNERGY HomeCare has even created specially-designed coloring sheets, which are available for a free download on the SYNERGY HomeCare website.

Coloring books are also a great gift for mom. We can explain what types of coloring books are best for seniors while highlighting the health benefits of coloring.

While coloring may be the way to mom’s heart, it’s also good for her overall health.

“When we noticed how much our senior clients enjoy coloring with their caregivers, we thought a coloring club would be a great way to expand the idea to the entire senior community and their families,” said Carla Sutter, director of operations for SYNERGY HomeCare. “Coloring is an easy, inexpensive and engaging activity that promotes coordination and creativity. It can also relieve stress and loneliness, and it’s an activity seniors can truly enjoy with their adult children and grandchildren.”

A LINK to free downloadable coloring sheets: http://www.synergyhomecare.com/media/2539027/SYNERGY-HomeCare-Coloring-Sheets.pdf

A rainbow of health benefits

• A study found adults 65 and older who participated in creative activities, such as coloring, made fewer trips to the doctor and had fewer health problems than their counterparts who didn’t participate in such activities.

• According to art therapists, the creativity of coloring can promote enhanced joint health and flexibility because seniors need to use their fine motor skills when picking up and using a colored pencil or marker.

• Research also shows coloring works similar to meditation by blocking out negative thoughts and improving mood. It is especially helpful for those suffering from depression or loneliness, common issues among seniors.