Last Updated: October 31, 2018
Scott Silknitter, the founder of R.O.S. Therapy Systems, shares some dementia activities and their benefits with us, as well as insight to enhancing the quality of life of our parents and senior loved ones living with dementia.
Learn more from his discussion with Alzheimers.net.
There are many causes and types of dementia and they each have their own signature symptoms, from Alzheimer’s disease to vascular dementia. One thing that can benefit all types of dementia, however, are dementia activities.
Any type of leisure activity, from bingo to a simple conversation, can benefit the person with dementia and their caregiver.
Research shows that the use of these person-centered activities provides many positive effects on families and senior loved ones with dementia, including:
- Decreased depression
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved sleep habits
- Increased mental and social stimulation
- Minimized behavioral changes
- Reduced caregiver stress
You can improve your quality of life and the quality of life for the one you care for through dementia activities.
Commit to just one dementia activity per day and see what a difference it can make.
Dementia Activities for the Family Caregiver
The “Activities for the Family Caregiver” book series from R.O.S. details dementia activities as well as tips on communicating and mitigating behavioral issues that can come with the disease.
These R.O.S. books also share more information about how the family caregiver can communicate, engage and participate in activities with parents or senior loved ones with dementia:
- Activities 101 for the Family Caregiver: How to Engage
- Activities 101 for the Family Caregiver: Parkinson’s Disease: How to Engage
- Dementia: How to Engage
- Dementia: How to Engage/How to Live
- Frontal Temporal Dementia: How to Engage/How to Live
About the Author
R.O.S. Therapy Systems was founded by author, inventor and speaker Scott Silknitter, of Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2010 as a project to help his mother and father in a 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. For more information about Scott or the R.O.S. family of companies, visit: www.ROSTherapySystems.com or contact: (888) 352-9788.
What dementia activities have you found beneficial for your parent or senior loved one? We’d like to hear your stories in the comments below.