A growing number of research studies are focusing on ways to maintain brain function and prevent dementia as the population ages. Certain activities have been found to improve memory and boost brain health, and they can also be a lot of fun!
There are a few common activities that can be enjoyed regardless of the stage of dementia. While accommodations might be required, these activities can be very engaging and encouraging. Continue reading for a few stimulating, interactive activities for seniors with dementia.
Activities for Dementia Patients
- Crossword puzzles: A great activity for people with early to mid-stage dementia is word games and crossword puzzles. They can reduce stress, stimulate the brain, and increase confidence.
- Bingo: The classic game of bingo can be easily adapted to those with dementia, making it a fun activity for everyone. As well as stimulating the memory, it can also help the thought process.
- Painting or drawing: Being creative and letting someone draw or paint without worrying about how well, or correctly they did it can be a calming and liberating experience. Art can be a fun activity that doesn’t require a lot of questions or testing, which can be troublesome for someone living with dementia.
- Make a memory box: Don’t be afraid to bring up old memories. Celebrating the memories and activities that patients with dementia have enjoyed throughout their lives will help them positively cope with their condition. Putting items from days gone by together may bring back these memories and make for some delightful storytelling.
- Chair exercises: A seated exercise class can be done with your loved one with the help of online videos. During these exercises, each body part can go through motions. Exercises include marching, twisting the upper body, lifting the arms above the head, raising the opposite leg. When it comes to exercising, chair exercises can be a safe option for people who have balance or back problems.
- Nature walks: Taking a walk together is a simple and pleasant way to spend time together. Getting fresh air is something you should do whenever possible with your loved one, whether you walk or go on a fun excursion in a wheelchair.
Hospice Can Help
Hospice care includes memory care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Hospice of the Piedmont helps patients and families treasure their final chapter together, no matter the condition. To learn more about how Hospice of the Piedmont’s compassionate team can care for you or a loved one, contact us today.