Homewatch CareGivers Northshore suburbs provides specialized care to assist our clients experiencing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Looking for activities for seniors with Middle Stage Alzheimer’s to help families and caregivers cope with the challenges ahead? We believe that keeping your loved ones active, can decrease symptoms and improve behavior. Every situation represents an opportunity for growth, so we continually look for ways positive way to provide support and improve quality of life. It is very important to continue to provide fun activities and stimulation during each stage of the disease. To do this, it is critical to consider what a person can do instead of focusing on what they cannot do. In addition, remember to structure tasks that are broken down into the simplest form so that the task can be accomplished. The key is knowing what works best for each person so that everyone can feel some level of success.
Activities for Individuals with Middle Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
The following suggestions are recommended for those in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sorting: Sorting items is a great way to provide a meaningful and purposeful activity. Please make sure that all items provided cannot be easily swallowed. Let them do what comes naturally. The point is to spark an interest.
- Sort by Color Dominoes: Place an assortment of colored dominoes on a tray. Provide several containers and place one color in each box for cueing. Help them get started.
- Sorting Socks: Provide several colors of socks and ask them to sort the colors for you.
- Other Sorting Ideas: Buttons, cards by suit, wooden spools, colored plastic milk jug tops, spoons by size and many other ideas.
Rolling Yarn: Provide yarn and start rolling it into a ball, then place this in the resident’s hands and they should continue with this task. You may need to sit in front of the resident or side-by-side and do the same thing. They should begin “mirroring” you.
Jewelry Boxes: Provide a box with many pieces of large jewelry. Empty the contents and have them place the items back in the box.
Picture Books: Often, individuals may no longer be able to read or may not recognize loved one pictures. Instead offer picture books. To make these, simply take a thin 3-ring binder, and on construction paper, glue pictures from magazines onto the paper. Make each book a theme.
Ideas are endless but some suggestions are, cats, dogs, children, flowers, houses, trains & cows. To keep the pages nice, you may want to insert the pages into plastic sheet protectors.