Discover the Most Important Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Staff at Homewatch CareGivers in Chicago and the Northern Suburbs understand there are many different stages that seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia go through. Two most important activities that you can provide seniors during any stage of Alzheimer’s or Dementia are exercise and music. In the upcoming months, look for a series of articles on Alzheimer’s and Dementia to provide you with updated practices, procedures, activities and websites applicable for seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia at all stages on our website at www.TheHomeCareSpot.com
Exercises and activities for may include:
Exercise: You may wish to begin your day with exercise and end the day with exercise. This can be chair exercises in the morning and walking later in the day. A person with Alzheimer’s disease gains the same benefits from regular exercise as everyone else. Always talk with the person’s doctor if you are planning on starting a new “exercise program.”
Walking: Take short walks if distance is a problem. Have a routine and a set time for walking. Make sure to dress your client in comfortable clothes and proper fitting shoes. Verify that shoelaces are tied. If you are not able to get outside, maybe you can utilize the hallway of the building. Exercise will aide in helping a person to sleep. A stroll in the wheelchair is great exercise!
Music: We recommend that the TV be turned off and music played instead. Music may aid in calming, bring back memories and generally add to the quality of life. At a certain point during the progression of the illness, TV may be too much stimulation and can be overwhelming. At times it can be too much information coming too rapidly for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to process. This over stimulation may lead to agitation.
Ideas for Music: Use CD’s vs. Tapes. CD’s last longer, usually an hour. Tapes require that you are there to turn the tape over when it reaches the end. For those who are now bed bound, it would be very important to have a product with a longer duration.
Name that Tune: Use short catchy tunes that will be easily recognized or remembered. Example: Take Me Out to the Ball Game. You can purchase a CD or you could even just hum the song. See if they can guess it. If they are unable to do this, it may not be an activity to try again. You do not want them to feel bad because they are not able to recall the song.