If you are living with dementia or any form of memory loss, keeping the mind active is even more important. Lack of stimulation and boredom can present challenges and cause negative behaviour patterns, for example frustration and irritability.
Activities for elderly living with dementia should foster positive memories from the past, stimulate emotional connection, engage them in everything that is positive about life and encourage them to express themselves.
Examples of suitable activities for those living with dementia include:
Music activity for elderly adults, including dancing – this can stimulate emotional responses and be relaxing and soothing.
Reminiscence activities – looking at photo albums, watching family videos, visiting places with memories in your local community are some examples of positive reminiscence.
Out in the community – getting out in the fresh air visiting places of interest can be both engaging and relaxing as an activity.
Animal therapy – this is very powerful for people living with dementia as it stimulates emotional connection and aids relaxation.
Card and board games – there are a several games created for people who are living with dementia to stimulate cognitive function including:
- Jumbo slide-slot bingo cards – these enlarged bingo cards are perfect for those living with dementia as are easy to follow and all the family can use.
- Marble mazes – these hand-held marble games are suitable for those who have visual or dexterity difficulties.
- Call to Mind – this is a board game designed to encourage conversions and stimulate memories for those living with dementia, combatting boredom and irritation.
- Unforgettable and Puzzler – this 140-page book includes puzzles and activities, including crosswords, nostalgia and much more specifically designed for those living with dementia to stimulate the mind and conversation.