Although finding meaningful activities for those with dementia can be challenging, there are many to choose from, and they’re worth searching for. Elderly loved ones with dementia may enjoy participating in the following activities to increase their mental stimulation.
Participating in Household Chores
Even seniors with dementia want to feel needed and productive. Helping aging adults with memory problems perform light housekeeping and outdoor chores allow them to brush up on their domestic skills while boosting their self-confidence. When seniors with dementia are given the opportunity to actively participate in their home environments, they feel useful and more confident.
Express Creativity with Crafting
Crocheting, knitting, painting, and other hobbies and crafts are a great ways for those with dementia to express their creativity. If your senior loved one doesn’t have the cognitive skills to participate in any of the aforementioned activities, simply provide crayons, colored pencils, or colorful markers and an adult coloring book. Your loved one can engage in crafts and artwork independently, or the whole family can join in. The finished product can then be displayed in the home for everyone to enjoy.
Going on a Day Trip
Getting out of the house is another activity elderly people with dementia enjoy. Bringing your loved one with you when you go grocery shopping or run errands relieves boredom, encourages socialization, and may even enhance brain function. If time permits, take a leisurely trip to a department store, where your loved one can explore interesting textures, try on clothes and shoes, and enjoy pleasant fragrances at the cosmetic counter. Walking around the store is also good exercise, and it stimulates many of the senses.
Reading Picture Books
While many seniors with dementia are unable to read or concentrate on words on the printed page, most enjoy looking at pleasant images in picture books. Try to find books that resonate with your loved one. For example, if he or she is an animal lover, offer books with colorful images of different breeds of dogs, cats, horses, and birds. Catalogs and glossy magazines with plenty of bold images are also great choices.
Preparing Food for Meals
Your loved one may enjoy preparing simple meals under your supervision. Never allow him or her to use sharp utensils or stand near the stove unless you’re standing close by. Help your loved one measure ingredients, chop vegetables, add seasonings, and cook the food. Also, allow your loved one to prepare his or her own snacks, such as cheese and crackers, peanut butter with celery, or a variety of pre-cut vegetables arranged on a small platter with a side bowl of healthy dip.
Organizing Household Items
Give your loved one a container filled with miscellaneous items, such as colorful beads, coins, buttons, or even different-sized crayons, then encourage him or her to sort the items based on similarities in colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. The texture and different colors enhance sensory perception, which may hold your loved one’s interest.
Support from Professional Caregivers from Home Care Assistance of South Tampa
Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. South Tampa seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to promote cognitive health and delay the onset of dementia. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance.
A highly trained caregiver with experience in caring for seniors with dementia can be a fantastic resource for family members. Families looking for top-rated South Tampa elder care providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones. If you need professional home care for your aging loved one, our Care Managers are just a phone call away. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (813) 488-5804.▲ Contact Us Today