Finding activities that your loved one with Alzheimer's can still enjoy and participate in is so important to their overall well being. Most will respond positively to things that they had a personal interest in and enjoyed doing before the diagnosis. Set up a planner and create a list of activities that they once were interest in or plan things that may remind them of their previous daily tasks.
By keeping your loved one engaged here are some of the improved benefits:
- Improved sleep and less night time wandering
- A decline in behaviors that are repetitive
- Less nervous and anxiety
- An improvement in restlessness and and irritability
- Less agitation and argumentative interaction
- Overall improvement in happiness
- Promotes improvement in memory
- Improves general health, flexibility, strength and reduces joint pain
- Better interaction
- Mental stimulation may slow down the progression of the disease
- Social activities help decrease isolation and depression
Here are some things to consider when planning the activities:
Music - for someone who sang, played an instrument, or danced, music will have a very positive stimulation. Engage in a sing a long of favorite songs. Offer and encourage the playing of an instrument or have them put on a record. Take their hand and sway to the music. You will be amazed at the response music brings to someone with dementia and Alzheimer's.
Mr. Fix It - For the person who was always tinkering with something, give them an object to take apart and put together. An old toaster, toy car, or just nuts and bolts.
Accountant - For those whose career was spent in banking or a money related industry, set up a work station. The station might include a calculator, paper and pencil, an old check book or register, stapler, paper clips, or rolling coins.
At Home Wife - For the hard working many who stayed and home and managed the household you can engage in tasks like setting the table, folding laundry, cutting coupons, dusting furniture, matching and rolling socks, making a simple dessert, water plants,or sweep the floor.
Depending on physical limitations, exercise is a must! Take a walk, work in the garden, throw a beach ball, dance, or simple exercise like lifting small bottles of water repeatedly are great for the mind and body.
- Arts and crafts
- Petting or holding a dog or cat
- Looking through photo albums
- Organize recipes
- Drawing or coloring
- Listen to music
- Play a game
- Outings and car rides
- Adult daycare can provide group activities
- Spiritual interaction, church, prayer and meditation
Physical and mental activities for persons with dementia and Alzheimer's will almost always be a positive approach for both you and your loved one and this can mean a longer and happier life.
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