There are more than 50 million people around the world living with dementia and every 3 seconds somebody develops it. For World Alzheimer’s Month in September, organisations worldwide will be supporting people with dementia and their families to live well with the disease.
Here at Home Instead Senior Care we understand that living with someone with dementia can feel stressful and challenging for the family as well as the person with the condition.
Encouraging activities for people living with dementia is one way to help someone find enjoyment, reduce boredom and feel fulfilled. Activities, or maintaining existing hobbies, can also maintain relationships and connection with family and friends. It’s important to remember that a person living with dementia has the same needs as any other person and one of these is to be occupied.
Activity ideas for people living with dementia
Sensory activities for people living with dementia should focus on stimulating the mind, body and encouraging social interaction.
- Crossword puzzles
- Needlecrafts, knitting or crochet
- Playing games designed for dementia patients
- Exercise classes such as Tai Chi
- Looking through photographs and reminiscing
- Attending a concert
- Attending a singing class
- Going for a meal or drinks with friends
- Attending a dementia café/social club or group
At Home Instead Senior Care, our CAREGivers spend time getting to know their clients, so they can understand and encourage them to take part in engaging activities and sensory games that they will enjoy. CAREGivers also capture client’s life stories and memories in a specialist Life Journal. The journal is a way of recording events, feelings and special moments from the past and commemorate a person and their achievements.