Fun Fall Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Senior couple walking at botanical garden

Although seniors with dementia struggle with cognitive impairment, they can still derive considerable enjoyment from participating in fun activities. Indeed, staying active can help seniors in a dementia care program maintain their emotional wellness and even delay cognitive decline. This fall, when you visit your loved one at his or her dementia care location, consider enticing him or her with the following activities.

Visit the Dallas Arboretum
Seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may enjoy a change of scenery. If your loved one’s memory care program is in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, consider bringing him or her to the Dallas Arboretum. In the fall, the Dallas Arboretum is a haven of beautiful autumnal decorations. Visit the Pumpkin Village, enjoy a walk among the gorgeous fall flowers, or have a leisurely picnic in the garden. The Dallas Arboretum also offers elegant dining options at the DeGolyer mansion.

Plan an Autumnal Celebration
If your loved one has difficulty getting out in the community, consider bringing a fall celebration to his or her dementia care location. For your next visit, bring along the supplies to make fall-themed decorations. Since it may be unsafe for your loved one to carve a pumpkin, bring miniature pumpkins and painting supplies. The two of you can have fun painting faces on pumpkins. Additionally, bring along some tasty treats and have a picnic in the gardens of the dementia care location. Enjoy some pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds, seasonal chestnut salad, and similar foods that are reminiscent of autumn.

Preserve Fresh Flowers
Individuals with dementia can benefit from engaging the various senses. Engage your loved one’s sense of smell by preserving the last fresh flowers of summer together. Arrange a beautiful bouquet together, remove the leaves, and tie a string around the stems. Then, hang the flowers upside down in a dry place that does not receive much sunlight. Depending on humidity levels, the flowers should be dry and perfectly preserved within a couple of weeks.

The individuals at Avalon Memory Care enjoy the highest standard of living. Our dementia care program provides a variety of planned activities to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. For more information about our unique memory care program or our locations in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, call us at (214) 752-7050.