Activities for Those Living with Dementia
Supporting and caring for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is not always an easy task, especially when it is affecting a loved one. Navigating the best way to make life more comfortable for your loved one is a top priority. We’re here to help! Here are a few activities that are easy to do and may be a great bonding experience for you and your loved one to share.
Make a collage
This is an easy and fun activity for anyone and can help your loved one reminisce with positive memories of music, fashion, and other interests they may have. There is no wrong way to create a collage, which makes it a low-stress activity that leaves you with a beautiful piece of art to display. Collage-making is part of the “Expressions of My Life” programming in our memory care communities to encourage residents to express themselves through activities like art.
Do clay crafts
Using sensory stimulation can help those living with dementia stay engaged and benefits their cognition. Clay is also a great way to incorporate touch stimulation into your activities and can relieve anxiety while giving them creative freedom to express themselves.
Chair yoga or exercises
If able to, doing some light or seated exercises can make a positive impact on senior mobility and cognitive function. Working out activates endorphins, and keeps bodies more able as we age. Ageless Grace is a program specifically designed for seniors that pairs seated exercise with movements that activate different parts of the brain not commonly used as we age. This programming can also assist with physical or cognitive struggles as we age.
Play a matching card game
This is an easy game to set up and can be tailored to fit the needs of each individual. Most of us are familiar with the traditional way of playing a matching card game, by laying out cards and matching those with the same pictures. However, you can take it a step further by printing out cards with photos that match the interests of your loved one! They can match photos of plants if they’re interested in gardening or celebrities from their favorite Hollywood area—the options are endless.
Activities like these encourage independence and help ease stress for all involved. Every person is different, and it may take a few tries to see which activities work best for you and your loved one.
At Prestige Senior Living, our memory care communities benefit from our Expressions Memory Care programming, designed to keep residents living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia active and engaged. Our staff is carefully trained to best serve those living with dementia and treat the residents like family. Our goal is to create a buffer between the resident and the stress or discomfort they may feel due to this disease. On top of feeling protected and respected, we want residents to thrive.