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Dementia authorities agree that enjoyable, life engaging activities should be a regular part of the lives of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For example, dementia experts at the Mayo Clinic® and the Alzheimer’s Association® advise that these types of activities have essential therapeutic benefits that reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and improve the overall quality of life.
Heather Miller, Personal Care Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA, says, “We recognize the physical and emotional value of stimulating programs, activities, and amenities that bring enjoyment and purpose to the lives of our residents living with dementia. The good news is that family caregivers can also use life-enriching activities for their loved ones at home to raise their spirits and soothe their symptoms.
“You can determine what types of activities will work best based on your loved one’s abilities and stage of dementia. For example, loved ones in the early stages can still enjoy their favorite activities with you such as going out to dinner, the movies or their favorite place to shop.
“Dementia specialists say you should keep up with these activities for as long as your loved one is able.”
When considering fun and engaging activities for your loved one, the Alzheimer’s Association offers the following advice. “In the early stages of dementia, the person may withdraw from activities he or she previously enjoyed. It is important to help the person remain engaged. Having an open discussion around any concerns and making slight adjustments can make a difference. For example, a large social gathering may be overwhelming, but the person may be able to interact more successfully in smaller groups.
“As Alzheimer's progresses, you may need to make other adjustments to the activity.”
To identify activities that will be fun for your loved one with dementia and keep them engaged, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests the following 10-point approach:
The articles “10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients” and “Adapting Activities for People with Alzheimer's Disease” offer a variety of activity ideas for keeping your loved one with dementia entertained and engaged.
Heather adds, “By following the Alzheimer’s Association’s guidelines for selecting activities and trying the fun activities listed above, you can bring enjoyment and engagement to your loved one’s life.
“We encourage you to contact us with any questions you have on dementia care or to schedule a tour. Also, we invite you to read our timely blog articles on current caregiver and dementia care topics posted on our website.”
If you have comments or questions about our blog on engaging activities for a loved one with dementia, we would love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences in our comments section.
Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comfort of home. Our memory care community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.