Enhancing Daily Life: Choosing Activities for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer’s Association) A person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia doesn’t have to give up the activities that he or she loves. Many activities can be modified to the person’s ability. In addition to enhancing quality of life, activities can reduce behaviors like wandering or agitation. Choosing Activities In the early stages of dementia, the person may withdraw […]

Adapting Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

(NIH) Doing things we enjoy gives us pleasure and adds meaning to our lives. People with Alzheimer’s disease need to be active and do things they enjoy. However, don’t expect too much. It’s not easy for them to plan their days and do different tasks. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble deciding what to do […]

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

(Alzheimers.net) Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease impairs behavior, memory and thought. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s accounts for 50-80% of dementia cases. […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for Staying Involved and Active

(Alzheimer’s Society, UK) As a person’s dementia develops, it is likely to have an impact on their ability to carry out certain activities. This fact sheet looks at why it is important to remain active, including maintaining everyday skills. It gives tips to carers on how the person with dementia can continue to take part […]

Activities for Late Stage Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer Society of Canada) As a person’s dementia advances, she will still be able to carry out some familiar tasks, but will probably be more interested in doing the activity than in the end result. If this is the case with someone close to you, look for “magic moments” throughout the day rather than trying […]

Activities for Early Stage Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer Society of Canada) People with dementia retain memory for some activities, such as reading, typing or playing the piano, depending on which part of the brain has been damaged. People in the early stages of dementia will likely continue to enjoy activities they have enjoyed before diagnosis. If you are close to someone in […]

Alzheimer’s and Music Therapy

(Alzheimer’s Foundation of America) Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements. This happens because rhythmic and […]

Alzheimer’s Recreational Activities: Creative Storytelling

(Alzheimer’s Foundation of America) Creative storytelling is catching on as a therapeutic tool for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease—and their families. It is increasingly being used in adult day programs and other group settings. Pleased with the results, experts say families can adapt this technique for use in their home environments as well. Storytelling sparks memories, […]