For some family caregivers who have loved ones with dementia, finding the right combination of activities that are both stimulating and not too much is complicated. It may depend on what your loved one already enjoys. Here are a few activity ideas.
1. Go out to Eat Together.
Some of the simplest activities can be some of the most enjoyable. Visit your loved one’s favorite restaurant together and enjoy brunch or dinner, depending on your loved one’s favorite foods. You can also try something new, like going for afternoon tea or trying a different type of food.
2. Play Simple Board and Card Games.
Card and board games that have easy rules and aren’t difficult to play can be some of the best choices for your loved one. They can help to stimulate her brain but they’re not going to wear her out. They’re also something that your loved one can pick up and put down as she likes.
3. Make Art Projects.
Art can do so much to help stimulate your senior’s brain and help her to communicate in ways that may be new for her. This is especially helpful if your loved one has difficulty speaking or expressing thoughts verbally. Experiment with as many different art forms as possible to find what your senior enjoys the most.
4. Play Music that Your Loved One Enjoys.
If your aging family member is a fan of music, that might be something that she enjoys. It can also help to stir memories for her. Do what you can to determine her favorite artists or pieces of music and then either build up your loved one’s collection or dig those pieces out of her existing music stash.
5. Play with Pets.
Pets are incredible for bringing out the fun for everyone. If your loved one doesn’t have pets of her own, ask other family members who have pets if they’d like to bring them over. Another option is to head to the local animal shelter with your senior and volunteer once in a while.
Make sure that you let elderly care providers and other family members know what kinds of activities are your loved one’s favorites so that they can help when you’re away.