Part 2: 9/14/2013
Alzheimer’s patients depend largely on caregivers and friends to fill the day with activities that can add pleasure, reduce stress and pass the time.
Here are a few activities you can do together.
Around town: Tour the city on a bus, an inexpensive and accessible mode of transit. Eat out someplace new. Visit an adult day-care center. Watch things that move, like clouds.
Household activities: Set the table. Polish and sort silverware. Wash the car. Match nuts and bolts. Arrange flowers.
Outdoor chores: Plant seeds. String cereal to hang outside for the birds. Plant a tree. Rake leaves.
Exercise: Play balloon volleyball, putt a golf ball, toss a beach ball or throw rubber horseshoes.
Stimulate the soul: Snack on a favorite childhood food. Read stories aloud from a newspaper or magazine. Have a spelling bee. Make homemade ice cream. Cut out paper dolls. Make holiday or birthday cards. Clean out a pumpkin. Blow bubbles.
Tap memory: Reminisce about the first day of school. Remember great inventions. Make a family-tree poster. Recall a favorite summer. Name the presidents.
Points to remember
• Limit distractions.
• Keep the noise level low.
• Select one activity at a time.
• Keep projects on a small scale and do one step at a time. Repetitive movements are easiest.
• Maintain proper communication. Establish eye contact and smile often. Speak clearly with short sentences.
• Don’t argue over correct answers. Be patient.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association