Wednesday Workshop – 6 Fun Activities To Do with Your Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s
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.
This blog will give you some quick ideas for some fun activities to do with your loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.
1) Going Outside:
Going 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 paved roads if there are any running through quiet and peaceful places. Take advantage of nature trails and parks which are calming places to explore.
If you would rather not walk, then remaining stationary in a green and quiet location can also be a restful activity. Visiting the outdoors can be a refreshing way to spend time with your loved one
2) 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. Find some thin string and put it through the two holes so you can tie a knot. From there you can find a low-hanging tree branch off of which you can hang your birdfeeder! This activity is fun for the whole family and also requires you to go outside.
3) Listening to your loved one’s favorite music
Listening to music is a wonderful is a wonderful activity to stimulate the mind. The convenient thing is that it can be done leisurely in your or your loved one’s home.
For those who have Alzheimer’s, listening to music can be interrupted if there are too many distractions in the environment like excess noise or people talking. If you can’t find a quiet area, you can buy headphones that go completely over your loved one’s ears so they can listen to music without distraction. If your loved one has specific music preferences, then try asking them what they would prefer. You can test out different genres to see what makes them feel the most comfortable.
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. Just make sure your loved one likes the music you provide for them. Listening to music is, therefore, a wonderful way to promote mental stimulation, and it can be a fun experience for people within earshot.
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! Go to your local arts and crafts store to find canvases, brushes, and some paint. If you are confused about what to paint, then try searching online for some easy images and try to copy them or watch some online lessons that begin at an easy level. The option of paint-by-numbers exists if you think your loved one can follow detailed instructions and pay attention to more minute details.
5) Reading aloud
If your loved one has trouble reading, then consider reading their favorite texts aloud to them. These texts can be from newspapers, books, or magazines. Try to find some enjoyable and straightforward passages. This is also a great activity to do outside if the weather is agreeable.
6) Easy household chores
An unfortunate aspect of degenerative neurological disorders is the loss of autonomy your loved one may feel. 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.
Have fun! These are just some ideas for activities.
Let these examples give you inspiration to find other interesting activities. You can also find help and inspiration from websites like Pinterest that have whole arrays of easy, creative thing to do. Whatever you choose to do, allow it to be engaging, stimulating, and, most of all, entertaining for everyone!
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