The onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementias can lead to seniors withdrawing from activities, family, and friends. It is important to maintain these interests and relationships as they reduce the effects of memory impairment, leading to a better quality of life. Below are some activities that help stimulate people with Alzheimer’s.
- Baking or cooking simple recipes
- Doing arts and crafts
- Cleaning around the house
- Reading books or the newspaper
- Playing music, particularly songs/albums the person used to enjoy
- Watching old family videos
- Working on puzzles
The activities need to match the person’s interests. Also, if someone you are working with resists an activity, take a break. You can always try again later. It may also help to ask how the activity can be made more enjoyable for them. What is important is to make sure the process of an activity is enjoyable. Don’t focus so much on results. What matters is if the person with Alzheimer’s enjoyed their time and felt useful.