Alzheimer’s disease can take a physical, emotional and mental toll on patients, families and caregivers. As communication skills fade for a person with Alzheimer’s, caregivers often find it frustrating to support the person’s sense of self while trying to minimize skills that may be compromised due to the disease. Doing simple, enjoyable activities together can help a caregiver feel fulfilled as well as increase the Alzheimer’s patient’s sense of self.
Activities that are done on a routine basis may help increase the person with Alzheimer’s sense of stability. The caregiver should set up and then draw the person into the activity rather than asking if the person would like to engage in a particular activity. Some recommended activities for caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients include:
- Taking walks
- Chair exercises
- Listening to the person’s favorite music
- Looking through old photos
- Watching TV or movies
- Having a tea party with friends or relatives
- Playing cards or board games
- Planting and tending an indoor garden
- Pet therapy
- Playing “I Spy”
If you have any questions or would like to learn about other activities to do with someone with Alzheimer’s, contact the caregivers at Heaven at Home. We are dedicated to helping seniors live their best lives in the comfort of home.