Neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s can reduce the cognitive abilities of seniors. Scientists and medical doctors work hard to discover the root causes of neurodegenerative diseases and how they can be prevented and/or treated. At the same time, certain activities can improve the lives of patients living with such conditions.
At Discovery Village At Dominion, we strive to incorporate a wide array of sensory activities to help elders diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Here are what activities our team members use to make our residents feel happier every day.
Few activities can be more pleasurable for the elderly than cooking. This is one of the most rewarding experiences for people of an elderly age because they get to see colorful ingredients, smell them, and touch them at the same time. This can activate complex pathways in the brain and potentially improve the cognition of people living with neurodegenerative diseases.
At the same time, people also get the chance to communicate when cooking together and learn new recipes. Sharing a few laughs and remembering their favorite dishes can go a long way when it comes to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Organizing the Junk Drawer
Similarly, sorting out the stuff in the junk drawer can bring back fond memories. This is an intense sensory activity that gives the elderly the chance to express themselves and tell stories from their lives. While organizing the junk drawer, the elderly also get to move things around and touch personal belongings. This interaction might improve their memory and offer a feeling of satisfaction and happiness.
Solving Simple Puzzles
This is another sensory activity best done in the company of family members and/or friends. Simple puzzles can provide a decent challenge for people with neurodegenerative diseases. They get to communicate while solving the puzzles and also help each other accomplish the goal faster.
There is something particularly attractive and relaxing about folding clothes. Not only do they get to interact with colorful garments, but they also get to feel their texture/softness, and figure out how to fold them properly. This activity is easy to do and immensely satisfying for the elderly living with neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Playing with Pattern Blocks and Boards
The main objective of using pattern blocks and boards is to slide the right element in the correct slot, based on its shape. This is a wonderful activity for small kids as well as for people living with neurodegenerative diseases. Some of these boards can provide a real challenge for the elderly and it activates certain parts of the brain responsible for coordination and motor skills.
Neurodegenerative diseases are always difficult to deal with, and we are aware of this. Our team members are well-trained and have years of experience when it comes to working with patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved ones live healthier, more fulfilling lives in our senior community.