Last month, Dementia Action Week took place, encouraging everybody to become more aware of the condition and do something about it. Our team attended a fantastic event and contribute to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and related conditions. Our blog gives an overview of dementia and how you can understand and help those who deal with it.
With so many elderly parents and relatives struggling with dementia, it can be hard to know how best to support them and what activities to do with them to ensure they are getting the most out of life whilst not overwhelming them or adding to any confusion. Obviously every activity depends on the extent of the dementia and personal preferences, but here are a few activity ideas to mull over:
1/ Painting, adult colouring books, crafts and knitting.
2/ Singing songs and listening to music.
3/ Small household chores giving a sense of achievement.
4/ Family games such as Bingo, Dominoes, Connect4 and card games. Go for older games that they already know how to play from when they were younger.
6/ Reminiscing – looking at old photos, listening to old songs etc.
7/ Tend to the garden or indoor plants.
8/ Cook or bake something simple together.
9/ Tactile activities such as using soft toys or materials can be calming and interesting for people in the later stages of dementia.
10/ Indoor sports such as pool, and minigolf.
11/ Seated aerobics
12/ Interactive games on consoles
13/ Film nights
14/ Family days out – think about triggering memories. Classic car shows and village fairs are good ideas, as well as art galleries and museums (check they have seating), which instigate discussion.
15/ Dementia activities are often held, so keep an eye out for these events in your area.
We hope these ideas inspire you! Please get in touch with our friendly team if you need any advice or support on 01494 678811 and we will be happy to help.