An estimated 5.3 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This condition is a degenerative disease that affects the brain, causing memory loss, disorientation, language problems, and behavioral issues. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease has no known cure and gets worse over time. The good news is, there are ways to slow down the condition and delay memory decline. In today’s post, we are listing down beneficial activities for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease:
Old Hobbies/ Making Arts and Crafts
Does your love one use to enjoy certain hobbies, like knitting or answering crossword puzzles? Make old hobbies new again by engaging them in activities they used to enjoy during their free time. Find different ways to get the patient to complete basic, repetitive tasks to stimulate the brain and arouse the senses. For instance, if your loved ones liked to knit, try knitting with him/her with a simple pattern. Answer crossword puzzles together or complete a jigsaw puzzle. You can also get the patient to paint, draw, or make handcrafted items.
Regular exercise does more than just tone the muscles. It also stimulates the brain, delay aging and decline. Working out regularly stimulates the appetite, promotes better sleep, and improves a patient’s outlook on life. For aging Alzheimer’s patients, we recommend light exercises like walking, swimming, and calisthenics. You can also take the patient to a beautiful garden to reconnect with nature, get a little sun, and enjoy the fresh air.
Nothing stimulates the brain quite like mind games. Engage the patient in different types of stimulating games like sorting games, ball games, solve puzzles of all kinds, and word games keep their mind active. All these activities will stimulate the patient mentally. Brain games are proven to aid in memory and sharpen the mind.
Completing Daily Chores
Another way to engage patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is to complete everyday chores together. You can read the newspaper together, bake a cake, sweep the floor, or fold towels. The idea is to make the patient feel involved in daily chores and avoid feelings of uselessness because of the disease. Remember, your loved one might not perform these tasks as great as they used to but these activities will help stimulate the mind. Delaying the effects of Alzheimer’s disease is a process that cannot be hurried.
Talking about old times help encourage Alzheimer’s patients to remember a favorite memory, like a beautiful summer spent somewhere warm, childhood toys, special events (wedding anniversaries, birthdays, etc.)
Of course, reminiscing with the love ones could bring up painful memories too. Just do your best to steer the conversation to pleasant topics. If you have homemade family videos, now is the best time to watch it with the whole family. You can also whip up old photo albums and relive the memories.
Listen to Music
Music warms the heart and comforts the soul. A well-loved song triggers fond memories and important life events. Studies show that despite the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, patients will never lose their ability to process music. So make it a point to listen to great songs regularly. Sing along to your loved one’s favorite tunes, or even dance with them!