Whether it’s you or a loved one looking for activities to benefit someone with Alzheimer’s, the first thing to remember is to bring your patience. The best activity is one that you can enjoy and appreciate, even if it’s for a small amount of time.
Someone who has Alzheimer’s may change his or her mind about what they like regularly. Be open-minded and if one activity doesn’t work, try another one. Consider at least one mental activity per day.
The Alzheimer’s Association wrote an article about what to consider when choosing activities for someone with Alzheimer’s. Read this article for other great tips on what and how to choose the right activities for your loved one: https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-activities.asp.
12 Activities To Benefit Someone with Alzheimer’s:
- Memory games are a great way to keep the brain active. If your loved one is getting frustrated with not remembering, try again on a different day. Consider using pictures of common images they will recognize.
- Watch a family video together! Spark up happy memories with an old family video that is sure to put a smile on both of your faces!
- Bake a cake together. Try to make the activity as hands on as possible for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.
- Don’t forget to exercise. Stay active and raise the heart rate as often as you can.
- Work on puzzles together. This could be a difficult, but rewarding task. Consider using a smaller puzzle to make the task less overwhelming.
- Get social. Encourage your loved one to interact with others on a regular basis. Staying social and active is incredibly beneficial.
- Don’t forget to do things your loved one use to enjoy!
- Allow them to stay active with helping around the house. Help your loved one feel needed by offering him or her chores or responsibilities.
- Plant something in the garden together.
- Listen to music. Try to sing along or dance together. Play music that you know your loved one will enjoy.
- Talk or read together. Does your loved one have a favorite book? Read it aloud.
- Play with a pet. Pets can be very therapeutic and fun to be around.
For other great ideas, see this article “Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease” written by AARP. Have fun and don’t push the activities too far. Your loved one will show signs as to when she or he is ready for something else.
Note to Caregivers: Remember to take time for yourself. Get regular exercise, sleep and eat a balanced diet. When you are taking care of someone else, you might neglect your own health and well-being. If times get hard or overwhelming, reach out to someone for help.
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