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6 Safe Yet Stimulating Activities for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on

Alzheimer’s disease slowly affects a senior’s abilities to the point it eventually becomes necessary to modify daily activities. However, this doesn’t mean your senior loved one can’t still have fun. In fact, many of your loved one’s favorite activities can be modified to fit his or her changing abilities. Consider adding these safe activities to your loved one’s daily schedule to help him or her stay stimulated.

1. Enjoy a Simple Craft

Arts and crafts projects are relaxing, and they can stimulate your loved one to use his or her creativity. Think about some of the crafts your loved one enjoys, and find ways to simplify them to fit his or her needs. For instance, you could try a string art craft if your loved one enjoyed working with yarn before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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2. Go for a Nature Walk

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease benefit from spending time outdoors where the relaxing colors and sounds of nature provide a calming effect. If your loved one is at risk for wandering, simply take him or her outside to explore nature in the backyard. Alternatively, you can arrange for a professional caregiver to venture out with your loved one to the community park.

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3. Put Together a Photo Album

Give your loved one a camera, and encourage him or her to take pictures throughout the day of the things he or she enjoys. Then, have the photos printed and help your loved one put together a photo album. This activity stimulates memory retention, and it may provide insight into the things that bring meaning to your loved one’s day. You can also keep this activity ongoing to fill in the hours when your loved one is especially restless or bored.

4. Play a Video Game

There are many video games available that are great for enhancing memory retention and reasoning. Choose simple games that can be completed in a short sitting so your loved one does not get frustrated. Alternatively, you can check out online games for seniors that are designed specifically for brain training purposes.

5. Start a Garden

Gardening is a relaxing pursuit you can easily modify depending upon your loved one’s interests. For instance, you could start a small window sill herb garden if your loved one tends to get anxious outdoors, or you could fill the backyard with delicious fruit and vegetable plants he or she can harvest for a nutritional boost at mealtime. 

6. Cook with a Family Member or Caregiver

Many seniors love cooking, but they give it up once Alzheimer’s places them at risk for starting a fire. Help your loved one continue to enjoy this activity and stay safe by implementing a few strategies. For example, you can install automatic shut off switches on appliances, or you can have a caregiver stop by to assist with cooking during meal times. Either way, preserving your loved one’s ability to cook promotes healthier eating and independence.

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