Thursday, November 4, 2010

Meaningful Activities for People with Alzheimer's Disease

Structure is important for both the caregiver and their loved ones. And scheduling purposeful and meaningful activities benefits both when the right activities are planned ahead and involve family and friends when possible. Here are some activities that caregivers may consider while caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, according to the National Institute on Aging. Some of these work best in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and some can be accomplished in later stages as well.

Around the House
Help cook or bake
Provide company during mealtime preparation
Wash or sort dishes
Set the table
Clip coupons
Sort recycling material
Water the plants

Family and Pets
Play simple board games
Read stories or books aloud
Take a walk in the park
Look through photo albums
Visit the zoo
Play with a pet
String food chains for kids, pets or holiday decorations

Art and Music

Play CDs of music that evokes memories
Talk about their favorite music or artists
Sing or dance to their favorite songs
Attend a free concert in the park
Draw, paint or sculpt

Make sure everyone gets some "fresh air" by going for daily walks outside or, during inclement weather, in a mall, museum or other walker- and wheelchair-friendly place.