Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Dementia affects a person’s thinking and daily life. Typically, doctors classify it as a group of conditions that starts with two or more impairments, such as judgment and memory loss. Forgetfulness is one of the key “symptoms” of Dementia for seniors.

What Types of Activities Are Right for Seniors with Dementia?

The biggest goal of seniors with Dementia is to keep their brains active as symptoms worsen. They can still function as independently as possible.

The focus for Dementia patients is on “quick activities.” Quick activities are things they can do quickly, such as household chores, memory-based card games, singing songs, or even short walks. These activities at home give them clarity and focus for a short time. Show them they can do them and help keep the brain active.

Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Short Walks

Each Generations community is located in cities filled with parks, gardens, and more. Choose a few spots around town early in the morning when it’s the least crowded and enjoy a stroll. Look for local parks, a quick walk from a Dementia patient’s home.

Smaller Sporting Events

While a large stadium professional football or baseball game might be too much for a Dementia patient, consider cheering on your grandkid’s sporting games on a smaller scale on the weekends. You and your loved ones can sit away from the bleachers but still cheer on the team.

Go Out on the Town

Treat yourself to lunch or dinner if you’re feeling up to it. Choose a spot where you can have an isolated table away from the humdrum of the restaurant and go with someone you trust. They can keep an eye on you and ensure you enjoy your meal without getting distracted by the business. You’ll find fewer people and a quieter situation if you go during off-hours.

Suppose you are outdoors and suddenly find yourself surrounded by too many stimuli. In that case, a Dementia patient may not be able to focus and lose sight of what they’re doing – this could lead to a setback in that day’s outdoor excursion.

How to Find Activities for Seniors with Dementia

In our communities, you can check our website for local events, meet-ups, and other resources for dealing with Dementia.

Look for events on community boards, Nextdoor, and even in the newspaper that would make for good outings. You can turn any event into an activity for a loved one with dementia with the proper planning.

Generations Offers Memory Care Options for Those Who Need It

We understand that every person is different. Dementia can progress slowly; it can move quickly. No matter where you’re at with dealing with Dementia as a senior, Generations LLC can help. Our memory care options at our communities will make your life a little easier. Contact us today to see how we can help. Keep in mind that activities outdoors should be short, avoid distractions and over-stimulation, and focus on enjoyment.

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