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Alzheimer's and Dementia Activities for Fun

Updated on September 7, 2014

Activities Designed For Your Loved Ones

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are on the rise. Engaging in stimulating activities is vital to a person who suffers from dementia. A variety of entertaining activities can help an individual become more involved and sociable. Exercising, solving puzzles, or going for a scenic drive can help a person reconnect with life. I currently work at Autumn Years, a memory care facility for the elderly. It is our goal to provide activities that are entertaining and stimulate the mind. Each day is a new opportunity to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere where we can socialize and learn. Many activities are simple everyday tasks that can be transformed into a creative and fun activity.

Photo by: Kevin Stradley

Expanding Impact of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Quick Facts

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.

One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.

Source: Alzheimer's Association. 2012 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. March 2012; 8:131-168.

Create your own activities program!

To create an activities program choose activities that stimulate the senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell). Keep activities short, and consider turning simple everyday events into a creative activity. Make your choices based on what is interesting to you as the caregiver as well as what appeals to the individual or group you are working with. Also, get to know social histories so that you can base activities on specific interests and abilities.

Photo by: Mandy Stradley

Cooking Class

Demonstrate how to prepare/cook a meal or snack. You can make salad, pizza, cupcakes, cookies, quesadillas, smoothies, ice cream sundaes, or anything your taste buds desire!

At Autumn Years our residents love to make pizza! We get raw dough from Trader Joe's along with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. Everyone gets the opportunity to make their own individual pizza. After lunch we cook the pizza to eat for a snack. Yum!! Photo by: Mandy Stradley

Orange Peel Aroma Therapy

This sweet activity stimulates your sense of smell and your taste buds too! Set a table with plates and napkins. Pass out an orange to each person and instruct them to peel the orange. Walk around and help those who may need any assistance. Talk about the color, the taste, the smell, the sticky juice that drips down your hands. Reminisce about oranges. Perhaps someone has been to an orange grove or has an orange tree in their backyard. Enjoy the sweet smell of oranges that will permeate the room.

For individuals who cannot peel an orange themselves, you can still do this activity! Slice an orange and waft it in their direction so that they can smell the orange. Talk to them about oranges. Even if they cannot respond you are still stimulating their senses. Prepare orange juice or an orange smoothie for those on a blended diet.

Want more? This activity is all about stimulating your senses. Other good picks include cinnamon, coffee, apple cider, hot chocolate, peanut butter, onions, garlic, and fresh baked bread. Photo by: jr3, sxc.hu

Relaxation & Massage

You will need: Relaxing Music, Lotion, A Loving Caregiver

Create a peaceful atomosphere with soft music and massage. This activity is perfect for anyone because it increases circulation and releases tension! Hand massages are scheduled daily for the hospice care residents that I work with.

Radio Parade

Listen to programs from the golden age of radio. These radio programs will bring back old memories and brighten anyone's day! I especially love listening to the silly commercials!

Comedy Hour

Enjoy watching old time favorites!

Gardening

You will need: Small pot or a seedling tray, seeds, potting soil, water.

Add potting soil to a pot or tray. Bury 2-3 seeds of your choice to the depth indicated on your seed packet. Tiny seeds do not need to be buried very deep. Cover the seeds with potting soil. Add enough water to moisten. Place in a sunny spot and moisten as needed. Watch your plants come to life!

Photo by: Mandy Stradley

Chicken Soup Story Hour

Read Chicken Soup for the Soul or other short stories out loud together.

Creative Necklaces

You will need: String, Beads, & Scissors

It is usually better if you can find thick string and beads with larger holes in them. Cut the string in strips for a long necklace. Tie a knot in one end of the string. Demonstrate how to add beads to the string and have everyone try it on their own. Assist those who need it. After everyone is finished beading the necklaces tie the two ends together. Let everyone enjoy wearing their necklace!

Caution: Supervise this activity closely. Some people may think the beads are food and try to eat them. This activity is great for higher functioning dementia patients.

Photo by: mzacha, sxc.hu

Beauty Hour

You will need: Beauty products such as curling iron, hairspray, brush, comb, blush and lipstick.

Freshen up each morning! Focus on hair and make-up to help your loved feel good about themselves.

Women's Basics: Apply make-up and brush hair. Even a little lipstick and blush can go a long way to make someone feel great about themselves. If hair is set on a weekly basis it may still need some touch-ups with a good curling iron.

Men's Basics: Comb hair and shave

Create a Collage

You will need: Magazines, Scissors, Construction Paper & Glue

Look through old magazines and cut out pictures. It may be necessary to help with cutting. Have everyone assemble the pictures on a piece of construction paper into a collage. Glue the pictures onto the construction paper. If you have them on hand you can do this with photographs as well.

Photo By: Mandy Stradley

Let's Get Musical!

Play a musical instrument! Maybe you have a dusty old guitar or a piano to try out. Or, improvise and play the drums with some old bins. Turn on some music and have everyone tap to the beat!

Reminiscing

Talk about the good old days! Reminisce about cars, pets, sports, school, going to the fair... you name it. See what you can learn from each other!

At Autumn Years I pair this activity with trivia. I will ask trivia questions and then expand on the topic. For example, if I am asking a question about Hawaii, I might ask if anyone has ever been to Hawaii. This gives everyone an opportunity to tell me about their experience visiting Hawaii.

Photo by: Mandy Stradley

Magazines such as "Good Old Days" or "Reminisce" have neat stories and topics to discuss.

Sunday Coupon Clippers

Look through the coupons from the Sunday paper and clip any that are interesting! It is fun to see what deals there are and to discuss the products that are advertised in the coupons. Photo by: Kevin Stradley

Balloon Toss

Tossing a balloon back and forth is a great activity! I will usually put everyone in a semi-circle and stand in the middle. Sometimes I turn this activity into a name game. I will say my name and then toss the balloon to someone. Then I will remind them to say their name before tossing it back to me. Even those in the later stages of dementia can benefit from this activity. I know a lady that can no longer communicate or feed herself, but she absolutely loves tossing a balloon back and forth! It almost always brings a smile to her face! You can also do this activity with a bouncy ball.

View Pictures

Go through a photo album and talk about the people in the pictures. Sometimes people with dementia can no longer recognize their loved ones in person, but if you show them an old picture they might recognize them. My friend filled a binder with large baby pictures that she enlarged on a copy machine. She put the pictures in plastic sheet protectors for everyone to enjoy. Photo by: Kevin Stradley

Outings

Stay in touch with the outside world by visiting places around town. Visit the library, a museum, a lake, the beach, the zoo, a local park or stop by a friend's house. Every week I take a group to the local park that is only 1 mile away. We walk around the lake and watch the ducks. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes and everyone enjoys getting some fresh air! For those with limited mobility you can always go for a scenic drive around your community. Photo by: Kevin Stradley

Trivia

Read various trivia questions and discuss the answers. Pick topics that your group finds interesting.

Flower Arrangements

You will need: Fresh flowers, a vase (preferably plastic), water

Start off by discussing the color of the flowers. Let everyone smell and touch the flower petals. Have someone assist you by trimming the flowers so that they are a good size for the vase. Next, people can take turns adding flowers to the vase. Demonstrate how to add water to the vase. Everyone can either pour water in or hold the vase as you pour the water in. The sight and smell of beautiful flowers will be pleasing to everyone! Photo by: Kevin Stradley

Make a Picture Frame

You will need: Plastic frame, craft glue, buttons or other small objects for decoration.

Have your group put buttons or other small objects on individual frames any way that they would like. Help them use craft glue to glue on the decorations. After the glue has dried help everyone choose a picture to put in the frame. For a variation purchase wooden frames and have your group paint them.

Under the Sea Picture Frames

Foam frames coupled with foam stickers are a creative and easy way to make picture frames. Folks will love looking at all of the sea creatures. The turtles are especially cute!

Pet Therapy

Create opportunities for visiting with pets. Pictured is Darling who currently lives at Autumn Years. She loves to talk and sing, and our residents like to spend time with her.

We also have dogs come in on a regular basis to cuddle, do tricks, and play with our residents. Pets are especially therapeutic to those who used to have pets of their own. It is comforting to spend time with a pet and to feel the love that they can offer.

Shapes with Clay or Play-Doh

You will need: Modeling Clay or Play-Doh

Use clay or Play-Doh to form shapes and be creative. You can demonstrate how to make simple objects such as balls, flowers, snakes, bowls, or snowmen. This activity stimulates our sense of touch.

Help with the Laundry

Have everyone practice using motor skills by storing and folding clean laundry. A person with dementia may be able to match socks or fold shirts. It is beneficial to reconnect with skills and encourage work. Try doing this activity on the same day every week so that it becomes part of a routine. Photo by: Mandy Stradley

Sing-a-long

Play the piano or pop in a cd of old time favorites. People with dementia oftentimes remember the lyrics to songs that they used to know years ago. They will enjoy hearing familiar tunes and singing along to them! You can print out the lyrics to songs for them to use as well. Try to print one song per page in large font. Even those who can no longer sing will benefit from listening to music.

Important!

Activities purpose is not to kill time, but to make time live, not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed, not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life. (adapted from a recreation quote, author unknown)

Music & Dance

Play lively music that encourages people to dance. Everyone will enjoy listening to upbeat music! Some people might be able to get up and join you in a dance. Other people can sway in their chair or tap their feet to the beat. The possibilities are endless!

Nature Walk

Going for a walk is a great form of exercise. Head to places where you can observe trees, scenic views, or animals. You do not need to go far to get the benefits of enjoying nature. I take a group to the local park every Friday morning to enjoy walking around the lake. It has become a routine that we all enjoy. Photo by: Mandy Stradley

BINGO

Bingo is a great game where people can socialize and have fun. Some folks may need assistance putting their chips in the correct spot. Others might have a bingo and you just need to tell them they have it. Encourage verbal skills by telling them to say "BINGO" and have them read out loud the winning numbers. Hand out prizes when someone wins and have everyone clap for the winner. I pass out fake money to the winner (like monopoly money but a lot bigger). Most of them love winning the "cash" and are excited that they won $100! I also let them use their money to purchase prizes or a bowl of ice cream.

Word Search

You can search online and print out easy word searches for everyone to try out. You will most likely need to help people find the words. Have them highlight the words as you encourage them to keep searching. I get all of my word searches from my subscription to activityconnection.com.

Celebrations

Celebrate everything that you can think of including birthdays and holidays! Pick a theme and put up a few decorations. Turn on some fun music and enjoy a snack or drink!

Holiday Ideas: King & Queen Valentine's Day Party, St. Patty's Party, Mardi Gras Party (make masks!), Easter Egg Hunt, Cinco De Mayo Party, Mother's Day Tea Party, Memorial Day BBQ, Father's Day Western BBQ,Fourth of July BBQ, Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Party, Tree Trimming Party, Christmas Party

Anytime Party Ideas: Root Beer Floats, Coffee Social, Hot Chocolate & Cookies, Apple Cider Social, Margaritas & Chips

Photo by: Mandy Stradley

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Autumn Years at Newport Mesa

Twenty-five years ago two nurses purchased a six-bed board and care home in the city of Anaheim. They had a love for Alzheimer patients and immediately converted it for the sole use of residents with Alzheimer's. They slowly learned the intricacies of dealing with these special residents. They then kept buying house after house until they owned six adjoining homes, with 50+ beds! Autumn Years thus became one of the first Alzheimer's communities in the United States. Currently Autumn Years is located in beautiful Costa Mesa, California. I absolutely love working with all of our wonderful residents. For more information visit www.autumnyearsnewport.com

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      NicoleRM 3 years ago

      Thank you for your lens. I'm currently struggling with my mom having early onset Alzheimer's.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is such a good lens! There are so many good suggestions, many that I see at Mom's memory care home. Really well done. Thanks.

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      KathyZ1 4 years ago

      Thanks for your liking my lens on how to create and publish your eBook. I enjoy your lenses.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a great lens! I can see why it got Lens of the Day. So many great ideas. Bravo!

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      KathyZ1 4 years ago

      Congs on your LTOD, nice lens.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Highly informative lens , thanks for sharing

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      samsmom7 4 years ago

      There are so many people afflicted with Alzheimer and Dementia and this lens has great information on fun things to do. Thank you!

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      bender2003 4 years ago

      very helpful details about common problems for dementia !

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Very useful information. Thank you!

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      harishchaudhary 4 years ago

      hi thanks you some ease on people and families. This is so important, thank you for making this lens.Even though dementia is tough for individuals and families, spending time doing things with loved one's can bring happiness.

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      asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

      Thank you for these excellent ideas.

      Lots to think about !

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful resource for caregivers and family members and friends who want ideas for how to work with their loved one.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      You have some great tips here. Keeping the mind active with hobbies or sports is vitally important at all stages of life I feel. Congrats on LOTD. :-)

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      Priyamsi21 4 years ago

      just try out vedio games with puzzle which keeps ur mind active........and try to design ur own dress and others this can keep u active and innovative

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      bobnolley lm 4 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD! Alzheimers has impacted my family over the years...thanks for sharing this.

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      atala1 4 years ago

      This information is very useful to me. Many thanks.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Well deserved.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Terrific lens, many excellent ideas. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Good information and activities. Congratulations on LotD.

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD. Your suggestions are so practical and a wonderful way to make a person maintain their dignity.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! My husbands side of the family has Alzheimer's and his mom and a sister passed from it... I pray my hubby never gets it or even me. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jenn Ashton 4 years ago from Canada

      What a great post thank you so much! We are nearing the end of stage 5, so we can't use too many of these ideas, but it is a great reminder to embrace what we can.

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD! These are great ideas! No one should ever have to feel lonely when they are older and cannot do everything they used to do. Those with Alzheimer's or dementia should not be laughed at, they should be loved.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      Wonderful collection of activities for seniors with or without memory challenges. I've had many visitors to my web sites from retirement communities and hospitals who enjoy printing coloring pages for clients and family members to use for art therapy and craft hobbies. Congrats on your LOTD.

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I love this lens and appreciate all the work that went into it! Congrats on a well deserved LOTD.

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      Im2keys 4 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful information- I know I'll need this for reference in the not so distant future.

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      Great lens and great ideas. Here at home we mostly work jig saw puzzles and word search puzzles and go for rides. She doesn't really seem interested in any other crafts, although I have tried to get her interested in many others.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      A really well deserved LOTD on a topic where you are really familiar. I know that stimulating the mind while not preventing the progress of this disease entirely does develop new synapses and hence slows the degradation for these people. Bless you for your efforts in helping these unfortunate souls who are suffering this debilitating disease.

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      Elizabeth Braun 4 years ago from Sheffiled, UK

      My dad has dementia, but is now at the 'lights on, but no-one home' stage. Too far gone for almost any activity. It's a sad waste of life and even more sad that some people are getting it so young!=(

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      What could be more important than bringing life and zest into the days of anyone needing a little TLC? I really appreciated that quote about not killing time. Fullness of each second of time we have together is the most precious gift in life. Kudos to you!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      You do very caring and I'm sure rewarding work, Helping people Great job here Thanks

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      saadsnox 4 years ago

      awesome info

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      VistaNemo 4 years ago

      This is a very timely article for me. My father has Parkinson's and my mother is showing the first stages of dementia. You've given me great ideas! Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, great ideas, good information, nicely done. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I once helped care for a friend's mother. Her special love was gardening.. Her gift to me was to slow down and be in the "now" with her. Thank you!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for these great ideas. My mom has dementia and is in assisted living. They do many of these activities and she is thriving there. Another thing that I do with her is making pot holders. She needs help with the weaving, (and sometimes I just weave it myself because she gets frustrated), but she puts down the bottom row and chooses the colors. We then give away the pot holders to friends and family. I think that keeping her mind active and interacting with other people has really helped her. Congratulations on LotD, and thank you for what you do.

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      Casablanca-hire 4 years ago

      Great collection of information :)

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      Loved your lens!! My uncle cared for my aunt at home for eleven years when she developed Alzheimer's. His care plan was much like yours in that he focused on quality of life by building joy-filled moments, familiar activities, and simple accomplishments into each day. Your work at Autumn Years sounds quite similar. I admire your efforts to bring happiness to people in your care.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thank you so much for this important lens. My Mom is in a memory care facility and I know how important it is for her to have lots of activities. Your suggestions are great. I volunteer at Mom's place once a week to do crafts with the residents. They really enjoy making simple crafts.

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      VictoriaHolt 4 years ago

      Wonderful, interesting and compassionate ideas. Truly stellar lens. I can adapt many of these ideas for my daughter with Autism.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      mahjong is a good game to prevent alzheimers

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      Tami-Lynn 4 years ago from North Vancouver

      My mom has dementia brought on by a very long heart surgery that caused TIAs.....

      She is still ok sometimes but it changed her.....she is mad at me a lot...when she wasn't before.

      I would hate to be on the inside of her mind....how she is feeling but those around a person with brain disease have a great burden as well. Its hard to get used to the changes....:(

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      tmsmith19 4 years ago

      Great Lens! There is a lot of great information here. My great-grandmother had Alzheimer's Disease and I know how hard and painful it is to watch a loved one deteriorate in that manner. These are great activities that do help them and for a brief moment, allow them to feel as if they have a purpose. Well written!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I was my Mom's caregiver for 5 years and did a lot of these types of activities to make her quality of life better. Excellent article.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      These kinds of activities are so important. Great lens. Thanks.

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      It's a good reminder to be active, not to wait to get Alzheimer. Very helpful lens for caregivers.

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      GreatBee 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD :-)

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      RaniaCalvenea 4 years ago

      This has so much information, you really are an expert.

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      dja555 4 years ago

      Staying active in both mind and body helps a person to live with dignity.

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      Great information!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this lens. This is really so important. At times when I was doing services in homes, or visiting parishners I'd seen people deteriorate fast. So I became familiar with it and things that can be done, and I would see some ease on people and families. This is so important, thank you for making this lens.

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's amazing how even the small things can make a big difference in someone's life! Even though dementia is tough for individuals and families, spending time doing things with loved one's can bring happiness.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It hurts when you see someone you love suffering from mental illness like Alzheimer's and Dementia. I tried to conversate but didn't know what to say. It's good to know I can do fun things with them. I love stringing beads and BINGO! What really got me was when you mentioned the orange peel. I love to smell orange peel. It affects my mood and makes me very happy. Why wouldn't they smell make them happy too? This lens has made me very happy. I'm sharing it.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Was such a difficult time when my grandmother went through Dementia. Reminiscing was one of her favorite things though. Merry Christmas!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Back to bless this lens. It's been beneficial to me as a caregiver.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      From this page, I get useful information training, Thank you very much. :)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing such a great and useful information on alzheimers. nice read.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Soon we will be of the age when this could be a concern so I am happy to read so many activities here. I hope I won't forget any of these.

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      DeepaVenkitesh LM 5 years ago

      a very lovely lens, my grandma had it and I have helped look after her. I am doing puzzles, sudoku and crosswords just to make sure that my memory remains straight. I hope it is not hereditary.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Thanks for this useful tips, I learned a lot from this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens with loads of great info. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for providing tips on how to interact with Alzheimer's patients. This is a disease that has affected our family. Yes I have been a caregiver for a family member who had dementia.

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      ContentEmployee 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens. Alzheimer's and Dementia are truly frightening conditions. Proactive care is definitely the best option against it right now.

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      WritingForChange 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Unfortunately Alzheimer's runs in my family. We lost my dad a few years ago after several years of living with it, and now another family member is going through the same thing. It's wonderful to read a positive lens focused on proactive care for Alzheimer's patients.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Wonderful lens. A relative cared for his wife in their home, and used her history and the things she loved -- music, dance, movie musicals, art, nature etc -- to create a framework of care that was quite helpful and successful.

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      hobo_crvr 5 years ago

      Very well done. Some of the things you talk about in your lense are being done at my mothers facility. This make me feel better about my mothers situation.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow great lens.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      We currently have a family living with us with early stages of . These are great ideas to use to keep her active and connected. Thanks for sharing these!

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      this is a fantastic lens with really great ideas for activities. i'm going to try some with my mom.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      What a wonderful Lens; I was a caregiver for young and old for many years; my mother had mild dementia while also battling ovarian cancer. It's not easy, and it takes a special person with a caring heart to deal with this horrid disease that more and more people are coming down with, and at younger ages than ever before. Bless your heart, you rock!!!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are simple activities that involve lot of fun, how often we forget the simple things in life and ignore to enjoy them. Value the work you are doing for elderly.

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      Karen Kay 5 years ago from Jackson, MS

      great ideas! I used to work with the elderly... wish I had thought of it then!

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      sibian 5 years ago

      What an impressive lens!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Love all the valuable and important info regarding this useful topic. This is a must-read for everyone. My grandmother had Dementia and passed away. It was difficult when she was still alive and not being able to recognize me at all...it's one of the hardest things I had to bear. Thank you for sharing this excellent lens! God bless you.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      great tips - so important to have fun and forget the intellect when it comes to hanging out with folks who have dementia.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Excellent lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This is a lens I've been looking for. My step-mother has alzheimer's disease (I have a lens about her and this disease) and I have been using some of the activities you have mentioned here to stimulate her memory. You have given me so much more to implement. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Angel blessings**

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Great lens to hep those whose loved ons are suffering from this terrible disease. Also a good check list to see if a facility offers these type of activities.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wonderful lens. My Mother passed away 13 years ago with Parkinson's & Dementia. These are some great ideas, coming from someone who has been in touch with these illnesses. Blessed.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Many wonderfully useful ideas and so well presented - great lens!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Practical, useful and informative lens!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Nicely done, great job! Squidlike

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      eridqua 5 years ago

      Wow, so many great ideas! Thank you!

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      brian_pelton 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens!