As our loved ones with dementia age, quality time with them becomes very precious but at the same time can also become more challenging.
Navigating the day visiting a loved one diagnosed with dementia can sometimes be tricky. Mood swings may be sudden and their health may vary, so it helps to have a plan but also to be extremely flexible. Some days your loved one will feel better than others with their mind sharp and good energy but on other days, they will struggle. When planning activities for day with your loved one, remember that they usually prefer familiar habits, places and routines, as they make them feel calmer and safe.
Make your visits with your loved one with dementia extra special by incorporating any of these activities:
Weather permitting and with the proper equipment and sun protection, those with green-thumbs will certainly enjoy this activity. Plant flowers together, harvest vegetables, even tasks as simple as weeding and watering plants will be stimulating to sensory and cognitive functions. Plus, being out in the fresh air offers additional health benefits.
- Physical Activities
Mild exercise, such as going for a walk or taking a stroll in the park, brings both physical and mental benefits. Pick open areas where both of you can enjoy the scenery, reminisce, and engage in conversation. Bring attention to the senses by pointing out things you see, smell or hear.
- Listen to Music
Play some of their favorite tunes, sing and dance to the rhythm of the music or sit and clap or hum along. Engage in conversation helping them recall music and musicians that were popular or meaningful to them during their life. Perhaps pull up photos on your phone or tablet and enjoy looking at photos of the artists, bands or concerts together.
- Get Artsy
If your loved one has a knack for arts and crafts, why not give coloring or scrapbooking a go? Making something is an excellent bonding activity that will also allow you to create your very own family memorabilia. Creating things together for upcoming birthdays, special celebrations, holidays or just for the season, can uplift their spirits and stimulate cognitive and motor skills.
- Play Games & Puzzles
Play their favorite games! Simple games such as jigsaw puzzles, card games or board games can be stimulating, uplifting, engaging and entertaining. Playing cognitive games helps keep the mind sharp and can combat some of the effects of dementia.
Enjoy your precious time visiting your loved one. Here at Memory Care Aravilla Sarasota, our caring team of experts design a daily calendar of physical activities, creative outlets and simple games to keep our residents engaged and have fun in the moment, every day. Please contact us with your questions regarding Memory Care at Aravilla Sarasota.