Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Today I’m going to share 6 fun activities for those living with memory loss. When someone has Alzheimer’s or dementia, their cognitive function may be declining, but they still have abilities. In fact, continuing to do as much as they can at their current ability level keeps them active and may even help maintain skills longer. Here are 6 fun activities you can do together.
- Create a memory box
A memory or rummage box can help your older adult feel connected to their past career and previous hobbies. Get any kind of box and fill it with things they would have used at work, copies of photos and non-important keepsakes, or objects from hobbies.
- Thread pasta with yarn or string
Get some dry pasta with big holes and some thick yarn or regular string. Make a “needle” by taping around the end of the string, making it longer than the piece of pasta. Have your older adult string the pasta using their “needle” and thread.
- Make a DIY picture puzzle
Print a copy of a favorite family photo or scenery that’s special to your older adult. You could also print out a photo or image they like, like a car, colorful fruit, etc. Laminate the photo and cut it into four (or more) puzzle-piece shaped pieces to make a personalized DIY puzzle.
- Cut pictures from old magazines or calendars
Older adults might like leafing through old magazines or calendars and cutting out the images they like. It’s best to use magazines that reflect their hobbies or interests. For those who’d enjoy it, they could also paste the pictures into a notebook, creating a fun “scrapbook.”
- Coin sorting
Sorting coins into small glass or ceramic bowls is fun, soothing, and may even provide a sense of purpose if you ask them to help you sort your loose change.
- Bake or cook simple recipes together. There are 3 opportunities each day to engage your loved one in purposeful activities and they all revolve around mealtime. Although the person with memory loss may no longer have the ability to prepare a meal from start to finish, they can help you by peeling potatoes, shredding lettuce, setting the table or folding napkins.
No matter what activity you choose to do with your loved one, remember it’s the doing of the activity that matters most, not the completing of the task. If you would like more information, please visit our website at www.alzpb.org or call us at 561-588-4545. Thanks for watching and we will see you next week.