The World Health Organization estimates that 47 million people in the world have dementia. It’s expected to triple by the year 2050. When your mom or dad has dementia, finding activities to keep them engaged is difficult.
Each person with Alzheimer’s will have different preferences when it comes to activities. Some of the skills that go away include the ability to write and draw, but there are ways to get around that. Here are some of the activities that families have found prove successful at engaging family members with dementia.
Instead of trying to have your mom or dad draw anything specific, try abstract art. Get large sheets of multi-media paper. Use different objects dipped in non-toxic paint that can be lightly drawn across the paper to create unique patterns. Feathers, small branches from pine trees, partially inflated balloons, and yarn are all ideas of objects to use.
Put on music and dance. It doesn’t matter how people dance, just get some people together and move. Zumba classes are another way to get your mom or dad to be engaged while dancing. Look for Zumba classes geared towards senior citizens or that are held in pools to be easier on the joints.
Target Shooting or Ball Tosses
How about setting up a fun activity that kids and adults will all enjoy. Gather the grandkids and set up targets on a table or outside. With a Nerf gun shooting foam balls or darts, you can try to hit the targets. You’d be surprised how much enjoyment people with dementia get in activities of this nature. You can do the same by lobbing soft foam balls into small buckets.
Take your parent to a local park that has walking trails along a shore or into the woods. Identify different birds, flowers, or trees as you go. You may find your mom or dad wants to collect acorns, rocks, or shells. When you return, you could use the rocks and shelves to decorate gardens. Press leaves and hang them on the wall.
You’ll need to take time away to socialize with your friends and family members. Don’t let yourself become isolated while you’re caring for a parent with dementia. Elderly care services can help.
With caregivers coming to your mom or dad’s home on a regular basis, you have time off to spend socializing. Plus, your parent has the opportunity to engage in socialization with someone else. Call an elderly care agency to discuss rates and services offered in your area.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior care in Pleasanton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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