Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can present both physical and emotional challenges to the caregiver. However, doing simple, enjoyable activities together can help a caregiver feel fulfilled as well as increase the Alzheimer’s patient’s sense of self.
Activities that are done on a routine basis may help increase the person with Alzheimer’s sense of stability. The caregiver should set up and then draw the person into the activity rather than asking if the person would like to engage in a particular activity. Some recommended activities for caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients include:
- Taking walks
- Chair exercises
- Listening to the person’s favorite music
- Looking through old photos
- Watching TV or movies
- Having a tea party with friends or relatives
- Playing cards or board games
- Planting and tending an indoor garden
- Pet therapy
- Playing “I Spy”
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The care experts at Heartwarming Care can help family caregivers develop activities that engage individuals with Alzheimer’s. We also provide respite care services to help caregivers receive the time off that they need while maintaining excellent care of their loved ones. Call us at (253) 460-1574 to learn more about our in-home care services in Pierce and King counties.