Increased Health when Helping Someone with Dementia
Family members and caregivers know how valuable it is help loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dealing with dementia in parents to remain engaged and active.
Persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia enjoy one-on-one attention from friends and family; to engage, to have fun, do productive things and to feel valued. Doing things with others keeps us connected.
Here are a few ways to keep people with dementia full of life and involved:
- Music and singing triggers a part of the brain that words and language does not. I bet you’ve noticed how fun it is for older adults to sing old songs. It’s a lively activity for them when their language skills decline.
- Exercise and fitness – when adults exercise regularly, they are prone to staying physically healthy. Exercise like walking, dance, chair yoga and exercises, including daily stretches help persons with dementia to be connected to their bodies.
- Set up a system for them to listen to old music, watch a musical on video or DVD, or attend a concert.
- Let them help in house chores – It helps the person feel productive to do simple chores like sweeping or dusting.
- Enjoy time outside on the patio or participate in gardening. It’s a good way to create sensory connection with nature.
- Take a trip to the local city park or museum. Attend youth softball games or visit a local nursery to pick out some rose plants.
- Take time to remember the past. Family members can share old memories and special events from the past.
Remember that connecting with the person living with Alzheimer’s at home will play a big role in better care.
To learn more about CalaCare and how we can provide care at home for someone living with dementia, please call us at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).