Aging adults with dementia can have a difficult time keeping their brains active and engaged on their own. It helps to have some activities that you can elderly care providers can turn to on those days that are more difficult for your senior.
Reading together is something you can do at every stage of your senior’s dementia. In the beginning, you can set aside time to sit near each other while you read. Later, you might want to choose books together that you read to your elderly family member. Audiobooks can also be a great way to spend an afternoon or time in the car together.
Do Something Involving Nature
Getting out into nature is something that your aging family member doesn’t need to rely on her memory to enjoy. Nature always welcomes with open arms and is extremely centering. Plan out some nature walks with your elderly family member in parks and botanical gardens nearby. Take an afternoon to visit the zoo. There are likely a ton of different ways for you to access nature, even if you live in a metro area.
Games can be a lot of fun and they can let your senior be creative, too. Some games might be more complicated, like board games. But your senior might want to make up some of her own rules, too, which can be a lot of fun and help her to stay interested in the game. Card games, puzzles, and pencil games, like word searches, can also be good to try.
Cooking is a wonderful way to connect with the people that you love. Even if your elderly family member isn’t able to do as much cooking as she used to do, chances are that she can help with stirring, pouring, and all sorts of other cooking activities. Make favorite recipes together and watch your senior’s face light up.
Listen to Music
Music is so powerful that it can connect you and your elderly family member to memories from long ago. Experiment with older music you know your senior loves and newer music that she may not be as familiar with and you’ll probably find plenty of favorites. Music can help to hold your elderly family member’s attention when few other things seem to be able to do so.
Try a few different activities to see which ones your aging family member enjoys the most. If you’re feeling at a loss as to what to try next, enlist the help of elderly care providers. They can help you to find a combination that works well for your senior and help her to stay active even when you can’t be there.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Pelham, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
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