Dementia Friendly Activities

Mar 28, 2016

Dementia Friendly Activities

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As our loved one's age, they become subject to a variety of age-related illnesses. Because of this, it is more important than ever that we help them maintain a meaningful existence, especially when they suffer from dementia. Just because their mind isn’t as sharp as it once was, it doesn’t mean that they can’t live an enjoyable, dignified life.

To help them keep their spirits high, it is important to keep up with their day-to-day activities. Of course, these activities will vary based on our loved one's interests and abilities, so Senior Caring has provided a number of different dementia friendly activities to accommodate everyone.

Dementia Friendly Activities

To begin working on an activity plan, focus on the current strengths and interests of the individual. Do they enjoy taking care of a home? Are they an outdoorsman? Perhaps they enjoy creating art? Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of fulfilling activities that those with dementia can enjoy on a regular basis.

Domestic life

For those who enjoy taking care of the home consider the following activities:

  • Baking
  • Creating flower arrangements
  • Watering plants
  • Preparing a tea party
  • Vacuuming/Dusting

Outdoor life

Consider these activities for those who enjoy blue skies and natural beauty.

  • Gardening
  • Preparing flower boxes
  • Relaxing in a hammock
  • Woodwork
  • Managing a bird feeder

Social life

For seniors who thrive on culture and social gatherings, consider:

  • Visiting a park
  • Shopping
  • Volunteer work
  • Live music
  • Attending a play

Artistic life

Try some of these activities with seniors that appreciate art and crafts:

  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Knitting/Crocheting

Personal life

These types of activities are for those who enjoy being pampered:

  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Pet visits
  • Spa treatments

Individual life

For those who are introverted, try some of these activities:

  • Organizing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Composing letters
  • Framing photographs

Work life

For those who miss working day-to-day, these activities might prove beneficial:

  • Working at a desk
  • Using a computer
  • Filing papers
  • Anything that reminds them of a previous occupation

Physical life

Physical activities may work great for those who enjoy a good workout.

  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Lifting hand weights
  • Exercise bike

No matter what category above a loved one identifies most with, it is important that those suffering from dementia lead a life that leaves them feeling fulfilled. If needed, make a chart that can be hung on the fridge to give your loved one some ideas with the freedom to cross off tasks as completed. There are plenty of dementia friendly activities to enjoy, what will the first one be?

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