Keeping your loved one engaged through physical, mental and social activities will create positive experiences that diminish the stress and unwanted behaviors that often accompany Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Activities can also build self-esteem, enhance physical strength, and help with activities of daily living.
Research has shown that talking with people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia about their lives can create positive emotional experiences, reduce stress and provide a better quality of life.
People with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia may have less physical stamina or may not be able to stay focused for very long. The key to doing activities with them is to be flexible and creative. Also look to engage them in activities that meet their mental, physical and social needs.
Physical Activities maintain coordination and muscle strength. Select activities they may have enjoyed in the past such as:
Mental Activities stimulate the mind. Examples include:
Social activities help maintain interaction with others. Suggested activities include attending concerts, sporting events or religious services.
Download our Activities Booklet, which features great ways to engage your senior loved one’s mind, body and soul. You can also download this PDF titled Mind Body Soul Cards.
Use the life journal to find activities that are meaningful to your loved one. Even if the activity isn’t interesting to you, it may bring great joy to him or her.
To view additional courses: e-Learning Course: Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
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