Wednesday Workshop – Activities for People with Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Alzheimer’s disease affects people in different ways. Rather than focusing on the disease and impairment, we should aim to identify each person’s strengths and remaining abilities and find activities to support these.
For people living with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, concentrate on preserving dignity, comfort and quality of life. Activities should focus on the senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste.
Activities for late stage Alzheimer’s should be stimulating but without challenges. Choose activities that are repetitive and divide them into small tasks. Conduct activities with compassion and patience. For the caregiver, realistic expectations are important. Don’t feel discouraged if your loved one is not engaged when an activity is offered, come back and try again later. For the best results, take into consideration the background of your loved one to search for themes that might please them or engage them.
The following activities are one-on-one and should be offered in bursts of 15 minutes.
- Play or listen to music.
- Coloring but keep the images simple.
- 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.
- Watch family videos.
- Sensory books to look at and touch.
- Stuffed toys for cuddling with.
- Spend time with pets.
- Physical contact like brushing hair or holding hands.
- Look at family photos.
- Listen to music, slow dance or sing along.
Be aware that clients may place inappropriate items in their mouths; supervision at all times is necessary when performing activities.
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 joining us for today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!