7 Best Memory Care Activities for People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Sinceri Best Memory Care Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease can make participating in life difficult, but caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can learn a lot from the saying, “The more you do, the more you can do.” Filling every day with a variety of memory care activities that challenge and engage seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease can help them feel in control, fulfilled and independent despite their condition. Here are some of the best memory care activities for them – and their caregivers – to enjoy.

7 best memory care activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease

1. Daily self-care activities

Activities of daily living such as grooming, dressing and eating can be a challenge for a senior living with Alzheimer’s disease, but encouraging them to do as much as they can by themselves can help them retain a feeling of independence. As noted in the alzheimersproject.org article, “The Importance of Routine and Familiarity to Persons with Dementia,” doing routine activities like ADLs can reduce stress and help establish a familiar pattern in the brain.

2. Routine housekeeping tasks

Similar to ADLs, memory care activities associated with housekeeping tasks can help build routines and keep a senior living with Alzheimer’s disease engaged. Doing the same tasks on the same day each week will help a loved one know what to expect and how they can help. For example, doing laundry on Tuesdays and having them help fold it, dusting and light cleaning on Wednesdays, and clearing the tables after the afternoon snack on Fridays will allow them to feel purposeful and self-sufficient. For more home activity ideas check out the alzheimers.org.uk article, “Activity ideas for people with dementia.”

3. Physical activities

Including exercise in daily memory care activities is fundamental to helping a loved one stay physically healthy. Depending on the stage of the disease there are many options for exercise that can help improve mobility, build strength and decrease the risk of falls. According to the nia.nih.gov article, “Staying Physically Active with Alzheimer’s” making exercise fun and breaking it down into “mini workouts” can help seniors with Alzheimer’s stay active and fit. For more about the benefits of exercise for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, the healthline.com article, “What’s the Relationship Between Exercise and Alzheimer’s?” is a great resource.

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4. Games and puzzles

Keeping seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease interested in memory care activities can try anyone’s patience but one easy way is to play games they enjoy. According to the caregiverssupportnetwork.org article “10 Engaging Games for People with Dementia,” playing games and doing puzzles can help stimulate cognitive function, bring back memories and foster well-being. Some games like cards and board games can be played alone or with one or two other people, but group games like Bingo and games involving physical activities are also wonderful ways to help them remain social and focused.

5. Arts and crafts

Creating through arts and crafts is another way to get seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease involved in memory care activities. For those who can knit or sew, just providing the right tools and oversight can enable them to create items that give them a sense of pride and accomplishment. More fun options include painting, coloring, scrapbooking, flower arranging, working with clay, and other entertaining crafts described in the loaids.com article “10 Easy Crafts That Seniors with Dementia Will Love Making.”

6. Musical activities

One part of memory that is often barely touched by Alzheimer’s disease is that of musical memory, which makes music a very special way for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease to truly enjoy memory care activities. From just listening to their favorite types of music to sing-alongs to dancing to playing musical instruments, according to the medicalnewstoday.com article, “How can music affect a person with Alzheimer’s disease?” music can help seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease feel connected to others, recall good times and events, improve mood and reduce stress.

7. Spending time with pets

Pets are well-known to help people with a range of disabilities and conditions and that includes people living with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, many memory care communities welcome pets or have community pets and happily help residents participate in memory care activities involving pets.

According to the verywellhealth.com article, “How Does Pet Therapy Benefit People With Dementia?” research has shown that spending time with pets – be that a dog, cat, bird or aquarium fish – can help elevate moods, provide a calming influence, decrease behavioral problems and increase appetites, social interaction and physical activity. In addition, the caregiverssupportnetwork.org article, “Dementia and Benefits of Pets” also notes that caring for a pet can help cognition, lower blood pressure and help minimize feelings of loneliness and isolation among people living with dementia.

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