At the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we provide an array of engaging activities in our day programs designed to help stimulate the neurons in the brain, and improve quality of life. Here’s a closer look at some of the activities you can do with your diagnosed loved one in the comfort of their home.
Choosing the Activities
At Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we recommend activities to help keep you loved one’s mind active and engaged. At the same time, it is essential the activities aren’t too difficult or stressful.
Ideally, the individual’s daily schedule should include some simple physical activities, such as walking around the house or stretching, which can be done standing or sitting.
#1 Reminiscence Therapy
Studies have repeatedly shown reminiscence therapy to be an effective treatment for both improving cognition and reducing depression in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. Best of all, taking trips down memory lane with your loved one doesn't require any special equipment!
Reminiscence therapy focus’s on incorporating activities to help spark memories from their past, such as looking at pictures. Typically, your loved one's long-term memory may be less affected by the disease than their short-term memory.
#2 Word and Number Games
Word games can be both relaxing and mentally stimulating. Crossword puzzles, for instance, are great for word retrieval language and reading skills. In addition, sudoku puzzles are good for critical thinking. Brain puzzles at any cognitive level help boost your loved one’s problem solving and memory skills.
#3 Jigsaw Puzzles
Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is a fun activity that caregivers, individual’s with dementia and children can enjoy together. Puzzles aren’t only perfect for bonding, but also help strengthen motor functions and problem-solving skills.
#4 Music Therapy
Music therapy has been shown to help reduce depression and agitation while also improving overall quality of life. By taking some time each day to listen to your loved one's favorite music, you may be able to spark some of their fondest memories.
#5 Simple Computer Games
Though some seniors aren’t computer savvy, there are some simple computer games that are engaging, can encourage dexterity and can provide hours of fun. In addition, simple computer games can help stimulate your loved one's mind — without being overly stressful or challenging.
Did you know gardening is an activity for caregivers and their loved ones?
Gardening can reduce stress
Gardening can improve communication and bolster cognitive abilities.
It can commence in a safe and secure environment.
Gardening can help foster feelings of independence.
Gardening can provide physical activity to keep your loved one active.
However, it's important to approach gardening for your loved one based on their stage and their individual condition.
#7 Household Chores
Encouraging your loved one to help you clean, set or clear the table, do laundry or other basic household chores can be a stimulating activity. Many individuals with dementia take great joy in accomplishing these simple tasks and also contributing toward daily living activities.
Contact Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center
At the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we work to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia as well as their caregivers. We do so through a comprehensive offering of innovative programs based on your loved one's Alzheimer's disease stage, Caregiver Support Groups, in-home respite solutions, transportation options, and additional services.Contact Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center today to learn more about the services we offer or to learn how you can help.