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 yourself permission to be creative!
Ask for permission or consent less—don’t give your loved one the opportunity to say no. Don’t force an activity; rather, simply begin it with enthusiasm and see if he or she will go along with you. This person may be saying no because he or she cannot process your suggestion. It may not always be because he or she does not want to do the activity. Starting something—and making it really easy for this person to join in—may yield better results.
A great resource is Virginia Bell and David Troxel’s book, A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care. This is a wonderful resource, full of insights and helpful advice.