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Activities and Engagement

 

  • 8/8
    2013
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    10 Activities to Keep Your Loved One Occupied During Travel

    Bring an old photo album along to look at pictures. Play your loved one’s favorite music in the car. Be sure to have snacks and water. Play trivia about TV shows and musicians of their day. Provide a purse with items to go through, like junk mail and old jewelry. Make rest time to help… read more

  • 8/8
    2013
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    3 Things to do When You Visit Your Loved One in a Living Facility

    Bring a small laundry basket of clean old face and hand towels to fold and leave them at the facility for the next time. Bring in a small plastic carton with a variety of silk and plastic flowers and a plastic vase that could stay in the common area once the arrangement has been made.… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    5 Kinds of Music Someone With Severe-Stage Dementia May Still Enjoy

    Favorites from the person’s late teens or 20s. Maybe because young adults are such avid listeners (and, back in the day, dancers), music from this phase of one’s life has been shown to be especially favored decades later. Christmas music. You know yourself (whatever your faith!) how persistently some of these tunes pop back into… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    6 Ideas for How to Spark a Laugh

    In need of a good laugh? Try starting one. Laughter is infectious. Many people with mid to late Alzheimer’s are still capable of getting a joke or seeing the absurdity in a situation. Others laugh almost reflexively, mirroring the emotion of those around them. Some smile-makers to try: Watch a slapstick comedy, such as a… read more

  • 7/9
    2013
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    8 Memory-Sharing Activities for Someone With Alzheimer’s

    “Remember that time when…” Uncle Bob began, launching into a story that soon had everyone smiling and laughing. “At Dad’s surprise birthday party, the real surprise came when Mary was carrying the cake into the dining room. She tripped over the cat and the cake went flying right out of her hands and into Mom’s… read more

  • 10/5
    2013
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    A Tip to Spark Conversation

    My Dad and I start talking about his family their names and the names of all his friends. I write the names down and he most of the times will remember spouses and always ends up with stories to tell me! I keep these lists so he can revisit them or add to them read more

  • 4/30
    2014
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    An Easy Tip to Keep Your Loved One Engaged

    The best thing we have done lately for Mom is to put birdseed outside her breakfast window so that she can watch the cardinals. She is enchanted with them and calls that spot "cardinal haven." read more

  • 7/8
    2013
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    Are Pets a Good Idea for People with Alzheimer's?

    A friendly dog or cat can be a magical addition to any family. Pets offer unconditional love, help fight depression, and give us a sense of purpose. Pets can be a “lifesaver” for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. For the person with dementia, animals: Offer affection and “unconditional love.” It’s amazing how… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Bring a Smile to Their Face

    Try to find something that they cherished when they were younger. A musician, board game, meal they loved to cook, etc. Reminding them of things they loved will help to bring about feelings of comfort and happiness. Don’t be frustrated if it takes you awhile to figure out which memories connect with them—with patience you… read more

  • 8/9
    2013
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    CAREGiver Gives Example of How to Care for Someone with Dressing Issues

    In this video, a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver™ helps her client dress properly for an outdoor activity. read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Dementia Holiday Activities That Lower Stress

    Make decorations. Have fun with food. Make a soothing atmosphere. read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Encouraging Activities and Social Engagement

    It is possible that your loved one is not interested in going on outings with you because they are too overwhelming. If you can plan activities that are not over stimulating or that create anxiety that would be helpful. Think about the things your loved one has enjoyed doing throughout their life. Some of these… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Encouraging Physical Activities

    It’s best to not have a big discussion with your loved one when you’re trying to get them to do something physically active. You might just say, “Come on Dad, let’s go for a walk around the block.” You could also ask for their help with something that will require them to get up and… read more

  • 7/9
    2013
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    Engaging an Alzheimer's Patient: Managing Family Care for Alzheimer's Patients

    This video covers how to keep your loved one engaged. People suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, often experience problems with memory, thinking and the ability to perform everyday tasks. This can cause stress, depression and some bad behaviors. Research tells us that by keeping our loved one engaged through physical, mental and social… read more

  • 10/5
    2013
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    Enjoy Time with Your Loved One

    I go to my Dads and care for him everyday. There is always so much to do cook, clean, maintain the house, cut the geass, doctors appts. It's easy to let those things overwhelm you, so much to do and only a few hours! While Dad just wants to talk and watch the birds outside.… read more

  • 7/8
    2013
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    Evening Activity Ideas for a Person with Dementia

    Music and movies work well with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the evening. Music is particularly effective with persons with cognitive loss; for example, many caregivers have noticed that their family members enjoy singing and can recall song lyrics long after writing and speech have declined. Your loved one may not be… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    How to Gently Exercise an Alzheimer's Patient's Mind

    Keep expectations realistic—consider what your loved one can do, rather than what they used to do. Stick to short, simple plans—avoid elaborate, multistep activities. Keep your comments positive and encouraging. Avoid treating your loved one like a child. Watch for cues, such as increased distraction or agitation. Make the most of the skills and interests… read more

  • 10/5
    2013
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    Keep a Calendar for Your Loved One

    I keep a big desk calendar for my Dad with everyday filled in with the time I come over each day (even though it is the same everyday!) and write his schedule such as family day, shower day. He likes knowing plus when the day is over we cross thru it in black marker then… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Loved One is Embarrassed to Go Out in Public

    Go out with your loved one so you can be there to help them if you see they’re forgetting something. Say the name of the person who is greeting them before they get embarrassed for forgetting. If there is a particular activity they like to do, take them to that environment just so they can… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Music and Alzheimer's

    Many people with Alzheimer’s respond positively to music. Music can be soothing. Studies have shown that people can become less aggressive and more relaxed. Start with music from your loved one’s era, as this may trigger positive memories and emotions. read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Music Helps Stimulate Engagement

    Activities, like music, that stimulate the 5 senses can bring joy to a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Music can help calm a person down and/or stimulate engagement. read more

  • 11/26
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    Music to Bring Happiness

    I am an Alzheimer's unit director, and my number one thing to do with my residents is sing with them music. Music opens a new world to them! read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Music to Stimulate

    It’s amazing how persons with dementia respond to music. Scientifically, we know that song lyrics and music are in a different part of the brain than words and language. So music is soothing and fun for persons with dementia well into the illness. With music, watch to be sure you don’t over stimulate. Play some… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    No Energy to Engage During the Day Because They're Up All Night

    There are non-drug ways to treat sleepless nights, as well as medications to help treat this problem. It is always best to try the non-drug suggestions first. This includes things such as: maintaining regular hours for meals and for bedtimes, and trying to get morning sunlight exposure. read more

  • 8/20
    2013
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    Overview: Activities and Engagement

    A continual challenge of dementia caregivers is to help provide meaningful activities that engage a person’s attention and connect with their interests. A mix of activities is recommended in order to meet the various needs for each individual and adaptation is necessary due to changing skills and abilities. Finding and encouraging meaningful activities throughout the… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Person with Dementia is Very Lazy

    If this person has been diagnosed with dementia, it may be likely that what feels like lazy behavior to you is this person’s inability to do those tasks anymore without guidance and cues. When people have dementia—even early stages—it can impact their ability to do simple tasks without someone giving them cues for every step of… read more

  • 10/5
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    Pets Sometimes Make Great Companions for Dementia Loved Ones

    If you can provide a pet do so or borrow a friends dog for a visit . Nothing like the smile you get seeing them petting & loving on a dog. I found an older rescue dog for my Dad @ 93 years old and it was love at first sight for both of them.… read more

  • 7/16
    2013
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    Photos to Capture and Preserve Memories

    Photo albums are just one way to capture and preserve the memories of someone with Alzheimer’s, and oftentimes they are a great way to reminisce. Photos help generate a feeling of familiarity and comfort. Invite other family members to look at old photos with you and your loved one. The person may not recognize everything,… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Recommended Exercises for Someone with Dementia

    Simple stretches and strength training. Try using canned goods as light weights. Tai chi. Find a DVD and try it at home. It helps with balance as well as providing exercise. Walks. Just going around the yard is fine. Early in the disease, walking in a mall might not be too disorienting. Stick together if you head out… read more

  • 8/20
    2013
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    Senior Activity Calendar and Booklet

    Track senior activity progress with the printable calendar and activities booklet. Use the activity calendar (PDF) to track progress day by day and help your senior loved one exercise mind, body and soul. The companion activity booklet (PDF) is a resource for seniors and their family caregivers. It is full of fun activities that will… read more

  • 7/15
    2013
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    Should You Talk to Your Loved One About Things They Can't Remember?

    If you believe that it will upset your loved one to discuss things from their past that they can no longer remember, then don’t discuss them. Instead, ask them to tell you stories about their childhood or other memories that they can remember. Talking about things that your loved one can remember might help bring… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Sucessful Activities for Someone with Dementia or Alzheimer's

    Build on activities the person has always enjoyed. Aim for the “sweet spot”—not too easy, not too hard. Take common changes of dementia into account. Take glitches in stride. Look patient, act patient, be patient. Don’t challenge or argue. Make activities routine. read more

  • 7/16
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    Suggestions to Keep Loved One Engaged

    It is important to keep trying things that can stimulate your loved one. If they are losing many of their cognitive skills, try music, encourage physical activity, and get them out of doors for sensory stimulation, natural vitamin D and that spiritual connection that happens for all of us in nature. read more

  • 8/7
    2013
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    Suggestions to Keep Your Loved One Engaged

    Get your loved one involved. Give them the hand towels and wash cloths to fold. Try giving them the big piece baby puzzles to work on at the kitchen table. Put a CD together of your loved one’s favorite songs and sing and dance with them. If safe, ask for their help in prepping the… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Telling your Loved One They Have Alzheimer's

    If you have not told your loved one that they have Alzheimer’s, and the current situation is working, keep going on the same path. Your loved one may or may not be able to articulate their goodbyes to friends even if they knew the full truth. What’s important is to encourage going out, being with… read more

  • 7/9
    2013
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    Tips for Engaging a Person with Early Stage Alzheimer's

    There are ways to try and engage a person with early stage Alzheimer’s. The first is to build on what your loved one found interesting in the past. Follow his or her’s passion and help this person participate in pursuits he or she always enjoyed, even if it is in a more limited fashion. Give… read more

  • 7/24
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    Tips to Encourage Conversation

    Ask more open-ended questions: “Tell me about your time living in Paris, France,” instead of “Did you live in Paris, France?” This may encourage longer and more meaningful answers. Sadly, language centers are damaged by dementia. To understand them, remember that behavior communicates a message. If your loved one is looking stressed or sad, check… read more

  • 8/8
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    Tips to Encourage Engagement and Activities

    Play a game like checkers, chess or scrabble. Go out for a walk around the block/walk the dog, if the weather permits. Color together using the large-sized crayons, which are easier on senior’s hands. Ask your loved one to peel the potatoes or cut the green beans for dinner. Gather many of the same type… read more

  • 7/17
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    Tips to get your Loved One Engaged

    It’s often helpful to to find something your loved one used to enjoy doing before she developed Alzheimer’s disease that you might be able to still do with them. Even talking to them during short walks might be enjoyable. read more

  • 7/15
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    When Your Loved One Won't Answer Questions

    Sometimes, it can be hard to get a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia to express their preferences. When asked how they’re feeling, they might always say “fine”—or when asked what they want, they may always say “I don’t want anything” It can be hard to be patient when you ask questions, and don’t get the… read more

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