Alzheimer’s disease can cause a drastic decline in an elderly loved one’s ability to think, make decisions, communicate, and even walk. As the condition progresses, they may need a elder care provider to monitor their health and keep them safe in and outside of their home.
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are activities that can be done to keep the senior’s mind stimulated. Below are just a few of the activities you or an elderly care provider can do with them to keep their mind active.
What Activities are Right for Your Loved One?
Think about their hobbies. Are there any activities the elder used to enjoy doing? If so, it is time to bring these hobbies back into their life. This includes any crafting, musical, or physical activity they may have had fun doing in the past.
Observe what makes them happy. Is there anything that brings your loved one joy, such as a favorite movie or song? On the other hand, is there anything that frightens the senior?
Activities they do on their own. Does the elder do any activities on their own without direction? For example, do they set the table before dinner or help fold laundry? If so, try to incorporate these activities into the elder’s daily routine.
Watch for physical problems. Does your elderly loved one have any physical limitations that could affect their ability to participate in certain activities?
Activities from the past. Are there any hobbies or activities they had in their childhood or early adulthood? Incorporating them into their everyday routine could remind them of happier times in their life.
Consider the time of day. Is the elder more alert and focused in the morning, afternoon, or evening? If so, try to plan activities during these more active times.
Make adjustments. Your loved one’s abilities will change as their disease progresses. Make changes to activities to match these changes.
How to Incorporate Activities into Their Life
Help them get started. Beginning a new activity can be challenging for someone with Alzheimer’s disease because of their inability to plan or follow directions. Start it for them in order to give them an idea of how it should be done.
Use step-by-step instructions. Make the instructions as simple to understand as possible by using step-by-step ones.
Forget about perfection. If you are hoping your elderly loved one will complete the task perfectly, you will be sorely disappointed. Instead of focusing on achievement, be proud of what the elder was able to do alone.
For more ideas, contact your elderly loved one’s doctor or medical professional.