Activities to do With an Alzheimer Patient

March 7, 2016 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and more and more elderly are being diagnosed with the disease. It causes memory loss, difficulty with writing and speaking, and reduction in problem solving. There is no cure for the disease and it can be devastating to watch as your loved one slowly loses their cognitive function. It can be difficult for friends or relatives to know how to interact with an Alzheimer’s patient as well. There is evidence to prove that physical activity and brain games and puzzles show positive results for those diagnosed with memory loss. As long as the loved one is able, it is good to continue your normal routine and do things that stimulate the mind.

Many Alzheimer’s patients enjoy gardening. It provides physical conditioning and stimulates the mind. It helps to encourage remembering the name of the flowers, the seed cycle and when to prune throughout the year. Baking is another enjoyable activity that involves mind stimulation by helping to measure and mix the ingredients. They can also enjoy a nice treat after it is finished. Bingo is another fun game that will hold the attention of the player until the last game. It also provides a social environment and promotes relaxation. Lastly, haircuts or hairstyling is a good way to treat your loved one with a good shampoo and manicure or a shave. This is also a good social activity and reinforces something they have done repeatedly throughout their life.

Of course, these are not the only thing you can do with a loved one. You can always look at old photos and talk about them, ask about something they did when they were younger, or discuss a hobby they enjoyed. You know what your loved one’s talents, likes and dislikes are. Use those to encourage conversation and inclusion.
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