July 07, 2021 3 min read
When seniors with dementia struggle to participate and carry out daily activities, they get bored easily which could lead to symptoms of anger, agitation, anxiety and even depression. Furthermore, memories from the past become hazy as the syndrome progressively damages the brain cells. However, items that hold a special meaning to individuals can stimulate them emotionally and mentally, helping them to recall people and events from the past.
Therefore, we suggest creating their very own dementia memory box as it is a great way to cope with and manage the symptoms of dementia. This box should be personalised according to the individual and contain a variety of items centered around them such as old photographs, holiday souvenirs, and also activities for the patient to engage with when they are bored. Such items can be used to engage their 5 senses and comfort them when they are anxious. Additionally, this kit acts as a bridge between caregivers and dementia patients to communicate and connect as they are great conversation starters, making it an overall enjoyable process.
Possibilitiesfor what dementia patients can add into their memory box are endless. These are very personal and unique to each individual. Try to include items that can help to trigger their 5 senses - touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Here are some suggestions to help you:
Consider adding items that reflect and represent their past interests and specialmonumental moments in their lives.
These items can help keep dementia patients engaged as they will always have something to do when they are bored. You can even DIY these items to add a personal touch to them.
We hope that this suggestion of a dementia memory kit has helped you to create a fun atmosphere and keep the seniors engaged. The items in the kit can hopefully encourage them to share the special memories associated with these items and inspire a waterfall of thoughts and conversations.
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