If you have a loved one with dementia, do you find it difficult to think of meaningful and safe activities to enjoy together? This is not uncommon – especially if dementia is new to you both. Here at Concordia, we understand that this may be difficult, but we also know that there are many ways to plan and provide appropriate activities for people with dementia, since we do this daily at our senior care facilities.
With summer here, we wanted to share ideas with you so that you can enjoy your summer, safely, with your loved one who is living with a memory impairment.
To start, here are some factors to consider:
– Try not to over-stimulate your loved one with constant movement and noise, as many people with dementia may become overwhelmed
– Be selective with outings involving large crowds
– Choose simple and unhurried activities to allow your loved one the time and space necessary to do as much as possible
– Break down activities into simple, manageable steps
– Focus on one thing at a time
– Prepare a safe working area including uncluttered surfaces and few distractions
– Select times that suit your loved one’s best level of functioning
– Select activities that do not reinforce inadequacy
– Encourage an emotional connection
If you keep these factors in mind when coming up with activities for your loved one with dementia, you may find your experience to be a more positive one. Ultimately, what is most important for everyone is that each moment is enjoyed, even though the experience may be soon forgotten.
Here is a short list of activities you may want to consider this summer. If you have other ideas to add to this list or ones that you’ve tried before, please comment below. We’d love to hear from you, and we’re sure others would like additional ideas and feedback, as well.
As always, be sure to consult your loved one’s healthcare professional before diving into a new diet or exercise program.
If these activities seem like a great fit for you and your loved one, we hope you give them a try! Please remember that mistakes and failures will happen, but don’t let your loved one with dementia feel like a failure. Keep trying, and focus on enjoying every moment together. Have any other ideas to add to our list? Feel free to comment with them below.
Are you in need of dementia care or memory care for a loved one? If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us any time via our online contact form or by calling our administrative headquarters at 724-352-1571. Or, visit the care levels & services page of our website to learn about the types of care we offer, including In-Home Care, Memory Care, Long-Term Nursing Care, Adult Day Services, Hospice Care and more.
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