If the long-term memory of individuals suffering from dementia is unaffected, it is possible that they can still remember how to celebrate Easter from childhood memories and may still understand what the occasion is all about. To commemorate the holiday and reconnect with the family, we have gathered a few group activities to carry out to bring out the Easter spirit in everyone.
Easter Egg Hunt
If you’re in a community that hosts egg hunts for kids, it’s a great idea to bring your elderly loved one along with you. It’s even better if they used to do this activity during childhood, as they will get to relive it all over again, but with you this time. Your elderly parent can accompany the youngsters to hunt for eggs while making sure they stay safe. Alternatively, you could create your own game of egg hunt at home or right in your backyard. To wrap the festivities up, you could combine an egg hunt with a walk around your residence, community, or park to bond over nature and wish other neighbors a happy Easter. Individuals dealing with dementia would greatly benefit from this activity as walking and other forms of physical exercise are linked to improved memory and cognitive function in the early stages. If your loved one has been stuck at home for a while, it is an excellent way to help them clock in more steps for their health.
Art and Craft Projects
Expressing your feelings and getting your hands dirty through creative artworks and craft projects is a great way to spend your Easter. Handing out pieces of printed paper to color Easter images using paint, oil pastels, or color pencils could be a joyful bonding activity that could bring family members of different generations together. For best results, choose basic images for your loved one suffering from dementia that do not require complicated instructions. This way, your elderly loved one can enjoy the group activities without much pressure or stress. Younger family members may also enjoy guiding your elderly parent through the steps of the project.
Exciting Games to Celebrate Easter
It’s not an Easter celebration without ending the day with fun games to bring out everyone’s competitive spirit. A few games your family members could play together include Easter-themed bingo cards, puzzles, or any other competitions where the winner wins holiday-themed treats. If you have younger family members coming to visit, an online quiz where everyone can join in on guessing the right facts about Easter could be an educational yet stimulating time for everyone. Your elderly loved one experiencing dementia would significantly benefit from this activity, where everyone is in great spirits and excited to win goodies.
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