Wednesday Workshop – Activities for People Living with Memory Loss That You Haven’t Thought Of
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Memory loss can affect people in different ways. Throughout the different stages of dementia, it’s important to continue to provide quality-of-life at each stage. To accomplish this, you’ll need to focus on what your loved one CAN do instead of focusing on what they CAN NOT do. There are many opportunities to pursue with your loved one at home or at nearby areas.
What activities best suit people with Alzheimer’s disease? Well, that depends on the individual. As AARP.org describes, it is important to create meaningful activities, not just ones that fill time. Consider interests they had in the past, knowing that some activities may need to be modified for safety or practicality.
Now, here are some activity ideas for people living with memory loss that you probably haven’t thought of:
- Balloon Ball
This game is fun and easy to set up. All you’ll need is a fly swatters for each player (purchase from the dollar store) and a blown up balloon. Use the fly swatters like you would use a tennis racket to hit the balloon back and forth. But don’t let the balloon touch the ground or you lose!
- Target Golf
Find a decent size cardboard box. Cut off the top. Then, carefully cut out square openings towards the bottom of one side. The cut out squares can be equal in size or vary in size depending on how difficult you want to make the game. You can even designate points for each opening. Using a golf ball and club, try to hit the ball through the holes to earn points!
- Plumbers Puzzles
This is a great activity for men especially. Lots of fun and intrigue is to be had by building all sorts of 3D structures. Go to your local hardware store or Home Depot and purchase PVC pipes and fittings in all different shapes and sizes. Your loved one can then tinker away as they build their very own structures.
Here are extra activities to try with your loved one. Certain activities may work better at different times of day.
- Sing songs or play music
- Do arts and crafts, such as painting or knitting – keep tools and patterns simple
- Organize household or office items, particularly if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks
- Clean around the house: sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment
- Tend the garden or visit a botanical garden
- Read the newspaper or magazines
- Look at books the person used to enjoy
- Cook or bake simple recipes together
- Work on puzzles
- Watch family videos
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.