Alzheimer’s Care in Danbury, CT – Try these Fun Activities to Keep Your Senior Loved One Engaged
Even though Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can cause aging adults to withdraw from their families and friends, you can help them maintain relationships by preparing interesting activities for them to do with other people. Doing a stimulating and enjoyable activity helps reduce the rate of cognitive impairment resulting in a higher quality of life.
As a family caregiver it feels great when you can find an activity that brings pleasure to your elderly loved one. No matter what stage of Alzheimer’s disease your family member is in, you can try some of the following games and activities to have some fun with them and enjoy seeing them happy and excited.
- Play some of their favorite music or sing songs together, using the words printed out for them.
- Choose some type of craft. Anything works as long as the tools and instructions are simple. Also, art works well, such as painting or modeling.
- Organize items into sets. You can use household or office items, and little bins or baskets.
- Do some cleaning up around the house. Find something easy for your loved one to do, like folding towels or sweeping the floor or wiping the cupboards.
- Look at picture books.
- Cook a simple recipe together.
- Play a simple card game.
- Watch a family movie.
If you notice your senior doesn’t show interest in one of the activities at first, don’t despair. Just try again later and maybe change things a little so it seems more appealing. You can even ask your elderly parent what would make the activity more exciting for them.
It isn’t the results that matter. For example, it doesn’t matter if she can sort the items exactly into their own bins. She might have fun for an hour just moving them from one bin to another. It’s the process that counts.
When you try to be both supportive and flexible at the same time, you will see much better results. The main objective is to find something your senior enjoys! Some of the activities like the baking one will also end up with a treat. She might have fun making the craft and displaying it on her wall. The music can give hours of enjoyment. You might even be surprised at the very positive response it gets.
Dementia care for your senior loved one can give you the break you need. A trained and expert caregiver can help your parent with everyday tasks of living as well as finding enjoyable activities for her to do.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2560.
I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.
As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.
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