Last Updated: July 23, 2018
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. It’s extremely important to maintain those interests and relationships, however, because it reduces the effects of memory impairment, leading to a better quality of life.
Learn more about how to stay engaged with parents and senior loved ones throughout the disease using these stimulating activities for Alzheimer’s.
Keeping senior loved ones active in hobbies and interests that give them pleasure is important after a disease diagnosis.
Stimulating activities can help people with Alzheimer’s:
As AARP.org describes, it is important to create meaningful activities for your parents and senior loved ones, not just ones that fill time. Consider interests they had in the past, knowing that some activities may need to be modified for practicality and safety. Keep in mind that Alzheimer’s affects behavior and senses in addition to memory. So, the activities that a person once enjoyed may become frustrating or overwhelming now.
Here are 10 stimulating activities for Alzheimer’s that you can try with your senior loved one:
If your parent or senior loved one resists an activity, take a break. You can try again later, or ask your senior 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. What matters is that your loved one enjoyed the time spent on it and felt useful.
Which stimulating activities does your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s enjoy? We’d like to hear from you in the comments below.
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