Studies have demonstrated significant benefits for seniors with dementia who engage in mental exercises. Cognitive stimulation activities can delay the decline of cognitive function, improve quality of life, enhance communication skills, and improve social interactions. The most effective mental exercises are those that combine cognitive stimulation with social interaction. For example, a senior might take a class in painting or arts and crafts. Caregivers can also help seniors with puzzles and games, or they can read together.
Cognitive stimulation may include reminiscence therapy. Reminiscence therapy refers to any type of exercise that evokes remembrance. For example, a caregiver might look through a family scrapbook with the senior and talk about the photos. Family members can bake a special family recipe with the senior and share stories of times past.
Residents of Avalon Residential Care Homes enjoy a full schedule of cognitive stimulation activities, including baking and gardening. Our Dallas and Fort Worth locations offer compassionate care and attentive service for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Call (888) 546-7432 to speak with a friendly representative and ask any questions you may have.