Are you looking for ways to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia continue to enjoy life? Staff at Homewatch Caregivers in Chicago and North Suburbs understands there are many different stages that seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia go through. However, we also believe that providing quality of life at every stage is important and everyone should be active. Activities for individuals with End Stage Alzheimer’s or Dementia Disease, has most likely lost the ability to communicate, walk, or feed themselves, and is totally dependent for all their care needs. But look at what they still do have…their 5 senses. Senses are Vision, Hearing, Touch, Smell & Taste.
Activities should be stimulating, but without challenges and done one-on-one in 15-minute time spans. Look for themes the individuals are interested in and/or engaged in. Supervision during activities should be a required since some items may be placed in individuals mouth while performing the activity.
Some suggestions for End Stage Alzheimer’s Activities would be:
- Bird Feeders at the Window • Fish Tanks or the Fake Fish Tanks • Fiber Optic Lights and Black Lights • Windchimes, Windsocks and Pennants • Interactive Art Works and Pictures • Wall Clocks – even if you feel they cannot tell time • Mobiles for Their Rooms •Bird Watching •Photo Albums
- Pet Therapy (i.e. dogs, cats & rabbits to touch) • Pat Mats • Dolls & Stuffed Animals (comfort items) • Afghans (comfort items) • Activity Aprons and Activity Pillows • Jewelry Box, with very large pieces, broaches, watches, belt buckles, etc. • Fabric Books, Wall Paper Books & Picture Books • Hand Massage with Scented Lotions • Touch often: Their souls can still feel love. •Sensory Bean Bags • Sunshine
- Music/Movies (Limit to 5/10 minutes)