Creating Meaningful Activities for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

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Social engagement and cognitive stimulation are essential for everyone, but especially so for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Activities that are stimulating and meaningful improve quality of life for residents in a memory care home, and they also help to slow the rate of cognitive decline. When you are creating meaningful activities for your loved one, consider his or her interests, former occupation, and skill level.

Evaluate Interests
Meaningful activities are much more than mere busy work; they are activities that your loved one can truly engage in and enjoy. It is critical to tailor the activity to your loved one’s interests. If your loved one enjoyed flowers, for example, he or she might like to work in a garden. If your loved one enjoyed arts and crafts, he or she may want to help you put together a scrapbook of treasured memories.

Consider Occupations
Another way to create meaningful activities is to consider your loved one’s former occupation. Meaningful activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease should give those individuals a sense of productivity and fulfillment. Connecting activities with former work duties can provide direction. For example, if your loved one was a veterinarian, he or she might like to take care of an animal. Individuals who were stay-at-home parents may find pleasure in baking and doing other household work.

Assess Skill Level
Consult your loved one’s Alzheimer’s caregivers about his or her level of skill. Customize meaningful activities to fit your loved one’s abilities. For example, if your loved one cannot physically work in a garden, perhaps he or she would like to arrange flowers in a vase instead. If your loved one cannot measure the ingredients for a favorite recipe, perhaps he or she could mix them in the bowl.

The expert caregivers of Avalon Residential Care Homes implement advanced protocols in memory care, including a full schedule of social and recreational activities for cognitive stimulation and improved quality of life. Your loved one can enjoy baking, gardening, and many other activities in a safe, tranquil setting. If you would like to arrange a visit to our beautiful locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, you can call (214) 752-7050.