Wednesday Workshop – New Activities for People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life.
Keeping aging loved ones active in hobbies and interests that gave them pleasure in the past is important after a disease diagnosis. These stimulating activities for Alzheimer’s help:
- Stir memories
- Foster emotional connections with others
- Encourage self-expression
- Lessen the anxiety and irritability that Alzheimer’s may bring
- Make people with Alzheimer’s feel more engaged with life
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. Keep in mind that Alzheimer’s affects behavior and senses in addition to memory. So, activities that a person once enjoyed may become overwhelming or even frustrating now.
Here are 10 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
If your loved one resists an activity, take a break. You can try again later, or ask your loved one how the activity can be changed to make it more enjoyable for them.
Remember to concentrate on the process of an activity and not the results. It does not matter if you never get the puzzle put together. What matters is that your loved one enjoyed the time spent on it and felt useful.
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!