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Use the Senses to Keep Alzheimer’s Patients Engaged

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Using the Senses

Keeping someone in late-stage Alzheimer’s disease engaged can be challenging. Try to focus on the five senses:

Touch – Provide a comforting touch or allow them to feel different textures. Try simple objects around the house, like:

a soft blanket or quilt
a furry stuffed toy
a cool or warm object
a rough or smooth object
contrast smooth satin with rougher wool
details of lace

Hearing – Have them listen to songs from their past from their music collection or other soothing sounds. How about a quiet few moments by the window in spring, letting the sounds of birds outside fill the room.

Smell – Even if you do not bake, you cannot deny the delicious smell of a fresh apple pie. Use pleasant smelling foods or flowers to brighten the day.

Taste – Make family recipes that have favorite flavors or create new dishes that expand the everyday meal to something flavorful.

Sight – Watch television shows or videos on National Parks and other beautiful locations or landscapes. Or, look at and talk about photos from albums or their journal.

For more about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, go to

Read all the Tips on Managing Alzheimer’s Behaviors.

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