Doing fun activities together with family members will engage your elderly loved ones in creative outlets and may rekindle their fond childhood memories. You may be wondering how to plan fun activities that will engage your loved one with dementia. In this article, we share with you some activities for dementia you can consider doing with your loved one!
Make DIY Cards
Making and decorating DIY cards for special occasions to send to the family can be a great activity to do with your loved one. Allow them to get creative with blank card paper or print out images for them to color in – whichever would work better for their abilities and preferences! After which, you can drive your loved one to drop off these cards to friends and family members.
Create Scented Sachets
Scented sachets are easy to make and can give your loved one a sense of accomplishment. The best part is that they will have something to keep and use when they are done with it. Lavender is a good choice for soothing anxiety and promoting relaxation, especially in individuals with dementia.
Make a lavender sachet with your loved ones by providing them with small fabric pouches they can fill with lavender seeds. After which, sew or glue the pouches shut and place them in strategic locations in your loved one’s room. This can be in their closet or a clothes drawer.
Grow Some Plants or Herbs
To many, gardening is a relaxing and therapeutic hobby. To this end, you may wish to get your loved one involved with growing some plants or herbs. This doesn’t have to be anything too complicated: simply starting a box garden or having a plant pot in their room will do.
Starting with watering and caring for the plants each day, this will give your loved one something meaningful to occupy their time with. If they are growing herbs, they can even enjoy the fruits of their labor at the end of it!
Sure, it may be tough for your loved one with dementia to paint in the traditional way, but you can simplify this by drawing images for them to fill in with colors. Get your loved one a set of watercolor paints and let them unleash their creativity!
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If you are looking for a partner in care for your loved one with dementia, consider our award-winning memory care program at Discovery Village At The West End. Here, our residents have the chance to be involved with a series of engaging activities catered to their needs and abilities, fostering self-confidence and improving their quality of life. Our senior care professionals will see to it that your loved one’s every need is met, and a steady stream of communication will be maintained with you at all times!