It’s a natural question for anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s, or someone who cares for someone with Alzheimer’s to ask themselves: what kind of activities are appropriate for someone with Alzheimer’s? What kind of things would my loved one be most able to enjoy, and what can I do to make them feel better? Luckily, there are a huge list of perfect activities for Alzheimer’s care that are simple, quick, and enjoyable for both you and your loved one.
Lift Their Spirits with Kind Words
Something that will probably not come as a huge surprise to many of you is how big of an effect something as simple as a kind word, a smile, a sympathetic listener, or even just a compliment can have on mental health. Research has been done on this and has shown that things like a gentle physical touch can have a positive effect on regulating blood pressure and releases endorphins, which are the hormones in the brain that are responsible for feelings of happiness and pleasure. Simply giving a kind word to someone with Alzheimer’s can have a similar effect and provide immense comfort. We often miss opportunities to give kind words to those we care about, but it only takes a minute or two of your time and can have a tremendous impact on someone’s mental health and will often do more to lift their spirits than you might expect.
Conversations to Evoke Memories and Ideas for Activities
Another great way to find activities for Alzheimer’s care is to hold conversations or do things that would evoke memories for the person. Obviously just having a conversation and being a good listener will help. Let them go back and start to think about when they were younger, ask broad and open questions if you can. Something like, “tell me more about your grandpa’s farm!” could lead to interesting stories and often leads to more ideas on what to talk about and do in the future.
Enjoy Some Fresh Air
There are countless activities for Alzheimer’s care that you can do. Many only take a few minutes of your time and can have a surprisingly big impact on the person’s outlook and mood. Even something as simple as taking a step outside and enjoying some fresh air has the potential to lift someone’s spirits and boost their energy and mood. The best activities for Alzheimer’s care are ones that you can enjoy together, but what’s really important is spending time with the person in your care. That alone will brighten their day and improve their lives.