September 23, 2021 4 min read
Taking care of persons with dementia can be stressful. Dementia may also cause our loved ones to become withdrawn from family and friends as the condition progresses. Engaging in activities together will help us to foster a better relationship with our loved ones, as well as to encourage self-expression.
Here are some interesting and mind-stimulating activities that you can engage in with persons with dementia:
Research has suggested that music may reach parts of the brains associated with emotions, that communication cannot. So why not sing some songs together to stir up happy memories of your loved ones? Alternatively, you may want to consider signing up for music classes to learn how to play a new instrument. Learning how to play a new instrument can strengthen the coordination between the brain and the hand muscles.
It will be great to engage persons with dementia in simple arts and crafts to keep them occupied and allow them to express themselves at the same time. Some examples can be drawing or painting, or simple crafts such as origami. For a minimal mess and reusable craft idea, you can check out the Aquapaint Activity Set, a simple yet fun painting artwork that only requires some water. Each set comes with 4 different images. To further engage them, initiate conversation regarding the picture you are working on.
Aquapaint Activity Set (Days Out)
Engaging in physical activity is a good way to keep both mind and body active, and it is never too late to start. Aim for simple exercises that can be performed daily, such as using the Portable Home Exercise Pedaler, a simple device for your loved ones to keep fit in the comfort of your home, ideal for toning both arm and leg muscles. You may also consider other simple home exercise devices such as the Resistive Exercise Tubing and Egg Hand Exercisers which makes exercising convenient and easy.
Left to right: Portable Home Exercise Pedaler, Resistive Exercise Tubing, Egg Hand Exercisers
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