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.
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 and how we can help
Sensory activities for people living with dementia should focus on stimulating the mind, body and encouraging social interaction.
- Crossword puzzles, we have a stock of puzzles to hand out and our CAREGivers are there to help!
- Needlecrafts, knitting or crochet, as we get older keeping hands active is a really good we have a few CAREGivers who are keen knitters and would be happy to help one of our clients.
- Dominoes, we are always keen to play dominoes, it is easy and a solid favourite. We always play bingo at our monthly Memory Lane Café.
- Walking, we can encourage clients to walk about in their homes, garden or on a stroll outside.
- Playing games designed for people living with dementia.
- Exercise classes such as Tai Chi, we have some fitness DVDs in the office which can be lent out.
- Looking through photographs and reminiscing, what a great way of initialising a conversation and always brings back happy memories.
- Attending a concert or going to see a film. In Epping we have Epping Movies and they show films during the day about once a month. We have taken clients to these.
- Attending a singing class, we can take clients to a singing class or to church or to Singing for the Brain, there are many options. We also always sing at our Memory Lane Café.
- Going for a meal or drinks with a CAREGiver, we particularly like taking clients out for tea and coffee.
- Attending a dementia café/social club or group, we can take clients to a club or social event and once a month we can take them to our own Memory Lane Café.
At Home Instead, 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.
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