Activities to do with Loved Ones in the Mid- to Late-Stages of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease progresses through various stages. The beginning stages are generally characterized by mild memory loss, word confusion, and some behavioral changes. Many times, people can live somewhat normally during the early stages of Alzheimer’s. As things progress, memory, confusion, and behaviors become worse. Family caregivers are often at odds with themselves as they try to figure out the best way to care for their aging loved one. One of the things caregivers may wish to know more about is organizing activities with your loved one. What kind of activities are they able to do if they are in the mid- to late-stages of the disease. In today’s blog, ElderCare at Home will list some ideas.
Here are some considerations:
(1) Music: One of the most beneficial therapeutic activities you can pursue with your loved one is listening to their favorite music. Research has been done on the positive impacts music can have in stimulating the brain, evoking memories, and improving mood. Because listening to music is a harmless activity, it can often be done at any time of day with little to no preparation. Try to avoid overstimulating your loved one’s mind right before bed as not to disturb their sleeping schedule.
(2) Scrapbooks and/or Family Videos: Another way to stimulate your loved one’s memory is to bring out old photos or videos. This can be an excellent way to help your loved one recollect thoughts from long ago and to allow them some time to peak. Let them tell you what memories their photos spark.
(3) Pet therapy: Animals can be a huge source of relief, comfort, and happiness. If you have a calm, friendly animal, like a dog or a cat. It might be a good idea to let them visit your aging loved one so the latter can pet them. If you know your loved one is not fond of animals, then avoid this tip.
(4) Easy tasks: People who have Alzheimer’s can sense that something is not completely right. It makes no sense to treat them like they are completely incapable of completing tasks. One of the main techniques to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is to preserve their dignity. This means to not strip every responsibility away from them. If possible, allow them to help out with easy tasks like folding clothes, putting away laundry, doing light cleaning, or putting away dishes. This helps your loved one feel like they are still contributing and can help them feel more independent.
(5) Stimulate the senses: Many caregiving activities involve the stimulation of the senses, like with aroma therapy, music, feeling different textures, etc. This is because stimulating the senses is a way to activate the mind. For someone with Alzheimer’s, doing mentally stimulating activities is a healthy way to manage behaviors and frustrations. Think of easy and harmless ways to help your loved one engage their senses. For example, bring out different textured cloths or light their favorite scented candles. Get creative!
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