Ask the Alzheimer’s Expert is brought to you each week by Elayne Forgie and the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center.
Question: What are some activities my mother can do to feel more involved in the family?
Answer: If you want to get your loved one involved with more stimulating and time-consuming activities, first consider their likes and hobbies and build from there.
What to Keep in Mind When Planning Activities for People with Alzheimer’s:
It is important to keep several things in mind when planning activities for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Activities need to be appropriate for the individual, and you need to keep their abilities and limitations in mind.
You will want to be mindful of the time of day, as most Alzheimer’s patients react to things very differently in the evening, as compared to the morning. Also, always keep the focus of the activity on the enjoyment of it: it is the experience of the activity that is important to the memory-impaired, not the end result.
And as the caregiver, your role will be to get it started, assist as necessary, but not to correct or criticize. The purpose here is to create enjoyment for the person!
Here’s a list of activities your loved one can do around the house:
- Help with folding towels and clothes
- Set the dinner table at meal time
- Break up lettuce for a salad
- Listen to music or books on tape
- Take pictures of nature or the home
- Play BINGO with friends
- Watch their favorite old movies
- Pick flowers around the yard for a bouquet
- Play fetch with the family dog
- Paint a masterpiece
- Set up a Facebook profile and socialize online with friends and family
- Make bird treats by covering pine cones with peanut butter and birdseeds
- Have a photoshoot in the backyard
- Create a home video
- Scrapbook old pictures
- Read and look at magazines and books
- Clip coupons for the next trip to the grocery store
- Play a card game
- Pull weeds in the yard
- Sort and put silverware away
- Sweep around the house and patio
- Water plants
For more ideas or information regarding this topic, please call us at (561) 588-4545.