Wednesday Workshop – 4 Activities for People with Memory Loss
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. There are many opportunities to pursue with your loved one at home or at areas nearby. Such activities should promote mental stimulation. You may have to provide accommodations for them and modify these activities, like setting a time limit, aiding certain movements, etc. Try to think about what your loved one likes to do and begin brainstorming from there. See below for some helpful starting points.
- Try Going Outside
Spending time outdoors is beneficial both for your mind and body. If your loved one can walk, then try to find a location that is free of excessive distractions and noise. Wheelchairs or walkers can be brought to a paved road. If you would rather not walk, then remaining stationary in a green and quiet location can also be a restful activity.
- Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are a great way to bond and have fun with your loved one, especially if you have children since you can bring them along.
An idea for a fun craft to make is a birdfeeder: One idea that is cheap and easy is a bird feeder made from a recycled toilet paper role, peanut butter, and some birdfeed. Spread the peanut butter on the roll with a spoon and dip the roll in the birdfeed. This activity is fun for the whole family and also requires you to go outside. Painting is another mentally stimulating activity. You can either paint on a canvas using brushes or by using your hands. It’s up to you!
- Listen to Music
Music, like the other activities listed here, stimulates many parts of the brain. Music also evokes many emotions and physical responses when we listen to it. You may see your loved one begin to hum, tap their feet, or close their eyes. Music can make them happy, melancholy, or feel energized. These are all normal and healthy responses to music.
- Simple Chores Around the House
There are ways you can allow them some independence by asking them to help you with some chores around the house. These chores can be easy and safe like helping with making the bed or putting away some silverware.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.