Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients
Tuesday Tips for Caregivers
Activities are the “things that we do,” like getting dressed, doing chores, playing cards- even paying bills. They can be active or passive, done alone or with others. Activities represent who we are and what were about. A person with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually need assistance from a caregiver to organize the day. Planned activities can enhance the person’s sense of dignity and self-esteem by giving more purpose and meaning to his or her life.
Activities structure time. They can make the best of a person’s abilities, enhance quality of life, and facilitate relaxation. Activities can also reduce behavior like wandering or agitation. Both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver can enjoy the sense of security and togetherness that activities can provide.
Types of activities to do with your loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease:
Chores: Dusting, sweeping, doing laundry
Mealtime: Preparing food, cooking, eating
Personal Care: Bathing, shaving, getting dressed
Creative: Painting, playing the piano
Intellectual: Reading a book, doing crossword puzzles
Physical: Taking a walk, playing catch
Social: Having coffee, talking, playing cards
Spiritual: Praying, singing a hymn
Spontaneous: Going out to dinner, visiting friends
Work-related: Making notes, typing, fixing something
To contact ElderCare at Home
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