This article will list some dementia friendly activities that could be helpful for you and your loved one to do together.
Activities for Seniors with Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Walking! Have them take a walk with you around the neighborhood. It is great exercise, gives them a chance to get out of the house and is wonderful to keep their spirits up. Also, it is a good idea to make it a daily routine for them (weather pending of course!)
- When preparing a meal, have them help you. If you are shucking corn or fixing a salad, ask for them to assist you. It gets your loved one involved in their meal preparations which could give them a sense of accomplishment and help with their loss of appetite. Don’t be afraid to have them help you with setting the table and cleaning up also! It gives you a break and keeps them involved, a win-win.
- Just because they have Alzheimer’s, doesn’t mean they can’t pitch in. Ask your loved one to dust picture frames. It could be a nice chore for them to look at all of their loved one’s familiar faces.
- Do you have a garden? If so, ask them to help you with gardening (as long as the weather permits). If you don’t have a garden, some yard work could do the trick too (i.e raking the leaves, sweeping the walk way, or even retrieving the mail!)
- Clip coupons! This is a double win because, you can turn around and use the coupons, or not use them, but it is still fun because you can do this activity together and save a couple bucks in the process.
- Have a calm pet visit. They are perfect to have around for some joy and pleasant interaction. Tip: When the pet is visiting, have you and your loved one take them for a walk!
- Read the paper aloud. Many older people were avid paper readers (there was no internet back then to get the news) so reading the paper aloud to them could be a very enjoyable and familiar experience.
- Your senior loved one may find it delightful to hear the birds chirping, so hanging a bird feeder out in your back yard or front porch could keep them engaged! They could sit and watch the birds come and go, and enjoy their chirping. Tip: You and your loved one could string cheerios together to hang by the bird feeder as well!
- Write a letter to a family member. This could be a great way to make memories for your family. Have your senior loved one talk about what they would like to send to your family member and you write.