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Indoor Activities for Alzheimer’s


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Friends,

You have no doubt seen and heard news stories about the impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having in locations around the world including, sadly, right here in the Lower Mainland.

The spread of this virus is now a challenge to our entire community, and it is up to each one of us as the building blocks of our communities to help prevent the spread of this virus.

The good news is that the spread of this virus can be stopped in large part by following a routine of responsible personal hygiene: 

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cough / sneeze into your sleeve or into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid shaking hands, high fiving or hugging when greeting people (for now!)
  • Keep social distance (1 meter or 3 feet) when you are in crowded settings

 

As we are starting to experience, the spread of COVID-19 poses many unique challenges for many families within our Burnaby or Vancouver communities, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Staying at home with the senior loved one to avoid the risk of infection, can become a double-edged sword. Being indoors protects the senior but at the same time claustrophobia and boredom can become extremely overwhelming for the senior and family members involved in their care.

However, with some planning and having a few effective go-to activities can be a lifesaver during these trying times. The senior loved one dealing with dementia can be kept gainfully engaged while avoiding the risk of infection. These activities can help exercise both the body and mind while offering a little fun as well.

10 Indoor Activities for Your Loved One Living with Alzheimer's or other Dementia

  1. Busy Bag: Fill a purse with familiar items such as sunglasses, keys, a handkerchief or wallet with familiar photos in it. Let them sort through the purse and discover the items. Working zippers or snaps can strengthen fine motor coordination.
  2. Bird Viewing: Place a birdfeeder outside of a favorite window and enjoy the visitors.
  3. Get Cooking: Have your loved one assist with cooking by peeling potatoes, snapping beans or stirring a brownie mix.
  4. Memory Box: For a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias, the sense of touch can trigger memories. Fill a box with items that hold special significance to your loved one. Think about their hobbies as you fill the box with familiar items. We have some great tips to make a "Trip to the Beach" and "Nature Walk" memory boxes.
  5. Turn up the Tunes: Even if conversation becomes difficult, many people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias still remember and respond to music. Make a playlist of songs from their youth and let them enjoy some familiar tunes.
  6. Get Moving. If outdoor walking is not possible, try indoor walking. Lace up your sneakers and cover different spaces/levels of your home. Make it interesting with a treasure hunt activity for the senior.
  7. Photo Albums: Looking through old photos can be heartwarming. Don't expect your loved one to remember every person in the album. If you come across certain photos that spark vivid memories, set them aside and keep them handy to revisit often.
  8. Puzzles and Brain Games: Put the mind to work with puzzles or use one of these popular brain game apps ideal for older adults.
  9.  Get Crafty: Adult coloring books, scrapbooking or even cutting photos out of magazines can keep your loved one engaged. For coloring or writing, try jumbo crayons since they can be easier to hold and less likely to break.
  10. Card Games: A game of Go Fish or Uno may be a great way to have some family fun. You can also play in teams. As an alternative, your loved one may also enjoy simply sorting the cards by color, value or suit.

While these may be helpful tips, it is important to keep in mind that activities should have meaning to the individual. Try not to engage in an activity just for the sake of it. Consider choosing familiar activities or one that relate to a hobby that your loved one enjoys.

We hope that the spread of COVID-19 stops soon, and our community is free from the clutches of this scourge at the earliest.

Alzheimer's and Dementia home care services are available. In-home care provides assistance to your loved one wherever they call home.

CALL 604-432-1139 . Care Experts available 24/7.


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