Scott Silknitter, founder of R.O.S. Therapy Systems, shares dementia activities and their benefits, as well as insight to enhancing the quality of life of people living with dementia.
Learn more from his discussion with Alzheimers.net.
Dementia Activities and Benefits
There are many causes and types of dementia — Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontal Lobe and more. They each have their own signature symptoms. One thing that can be of benefit for all types of dementia is activities. We are not just talking about bingo. Any type of leisure activity, including a simple conversation, can benefit the person with dementia and their caregiver.
Research shows that the use of person-centered and person-appropriate activities can provide positive effects for individuals with dementia, including:
- Minimize behavioral changes
- Decrease depression
- Reduce caregiver stress
- Improve sleep habits
- Improve self esteem
- Increase mental and social stimulation
Improve your quality of life and the quality of life for the one you care for through activities and engagement. Commit to just one activity per day, start some joy and see what a difference it can make.
Dementia Activities for the Family Caregiver
The “How To’s” of activities — leisure and daily living — along with tips on communicating and mitigating behavioral issues are explored in several volumes of the “Activities for the Family Caregiver” book series from R.O.S.
Here are a few of the titles written by several of the leading experts in the industry:
- Dementia: How to Engage
- Dementia: How to Engage/How to Live
- Frontal Temporal Dementia: How to Engage/How to Live
- Activities 101 for the Family Caregiver: How to Engage
- Activities 101 for the Family Caregiver: Parkinson’s Disease: How to Engage
R.O.S. Therapy Systems improves quality of life through activities and education for caregivers and the ones they care for. Whether it is Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, ALS, Huntington’s, TBI, Developmental Disability or any number of issues resulting in physical or cognitive impairment, R.O.S. teaches caregivers how to engage and communicate, provides products to engage, and consults or coaches as needed.
About the Author
R.O.S. Therapy Systems was founded by inventor, author 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 activities have you found beneficial for your loved one with dementia? Share them with us in the comments below.
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