It can be a challenge to enjoy activities together with an Alzheimer’s patient. But it’s a challenge that can be overcome…if you use your imagination.
Here are some things you can enjoy together…
- WORD GAMES – A quick ramble through your neighborhood bookstore will reveal loads of books with word games. And you can also create your own – such as taking a word and seeing how many other words you can make from it.
- VIDEOS – We’re not talking about movies here, but videos specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients. Innovative Caregiving Resources has a set called Video Respite (www.videorespite.com). And these videos do just that – give you a respite.
- WRITE HIS LIFE STORY – This can be a shared activity that may stimulate some happy memories. Organize the information, and put it into a book your husband can carry around.
- MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL – Music seems to help memory. You can dance to it. Or just relax to it.
- RELA-A-A-A-A-A-X – Create a daily relaxation routine. At the same time each day, play calming music, burn candles or incense, or plug in a diffuser. (Use scents your husband likes!!) Gently massage some lotion into his hands and arms.
- EXERCISE – Get outside for some fresh air. Or stay inside and use an exercise video. Play old favorites like horseshoes, or putt on a portable green.
- GAMES – Play cards, board games, or checkers. And don’t keep score!
- READ TOGETHER – It doesn’t matter what you read, as long as it’s light and enjoyable.
We can help – because we have one of the largest Alzheimer’s/Dementia Resource Centers in South Florida.
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