Memory loss may start as mild forgetfulness, but usually the disease worsens over years. What can be done to keep patients with Alzheimer’s happy and active?
Activities and hobbies that your loved ones liked in the past will be really helpful. Help them to continue staying busy with the things they like.
Doctors agree that such activities help to stir memories, lessen the irritability that the disease may bring, develop emotional connections and help to self-express. What is more important, all these activities should be meaningful, not just usual activities to fill the time. You also need to keep in mind that Alzheimer’s disease affects not only memory, but also behavior and senses. Be careful with choosing activities for your loved ones!
If we talk about the suggested activities, doctors suggest:
- Play music and sing sons
- Engage you loved ones in doing arts and craft
- Clean around the house
- Read books and newspapers together with your loved ones
- Cook and bake together
- Play with puzzles
- Enjoy watching family videos
Always remember that every person should be approached differently. Be supportive and flexible. If your loved one doesn’t want to be engaged in any kind of activities – take a break and try later.
Keep in mind that with seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the result is not so important as the process. Enjoy the process of an activity together with your loved ones!