Caring for a loved one with dementia in Chicago can be very stressful and finding stimulating activities for them to do can be difficult. Memory loss is one of the first symptoms that family members observe with dementia. The early stages of the disease affect short-term memory first, for example, recalling recent events or if they took their medications. However, as the dementia progresses, it will gradually affect long-term memory as well, like remembering names of loved ones.
Homewatch CareGivers acknowledges that cognitive stimulation activities can be beneficial for any client with dementia. Our caregivers are given activities they can do with their clients with dementia, many of which require minimal preparation. For example, memory recall activities can be done with no more than a piece of paper and pen.
Name 10 Things is a simple yet stimulating activity that caregivers can encourage their clients with dementia to do. Caregivers can start with a list of different categories, such as things you find in a kitchen or ingredients you would use to make a cake. Have the client pick a category and together come up with at least 10 things that fit under that category. This can trigger memory retrieval in the client, and can facilitate conversation about your client’s interests and likes.