10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

A loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia does not have to give up things they love. In the early stages of dementia, activities can be modified to the person’s ability to help enhance the quality of life. However, as the disease progresses, it may become difficult for the person carry on a conversation, respond to people, or understand their surroundings.



For a loved one with Alzheimer’s, keeping them engaged in activities and interests that used to give them pleasure is important after a diagnosis. AARP.com states that it is important to “create meaningful activities, not just ones that fill time. Consider interests they had in the past, knowing that some activities may need to be modified for safety or practicality.”



Here are 10 stimulating activities you can do with a loved one. Keep in mind that certain times of day may work better and the level of interest may decline as the disease progresses. According to alzheimers.net, you can:



  • Sing songs or play music
  • Do arts and crafts, such as painting or knitting
  • Organize household or office items, especially if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks
  • Clean around the house. Sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment
  • Tend the garden or visit a botanical garden
  • Read the newspaper
  • Look at books your loved one used to enjoy
  • Cook or bake simple recipes together
  • Work on puzzles
  • Watch family videos



Resource: http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-03-06/stimulating-activities-for-alzheimers-patients/




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