Alzheimer’s Activities

by admin on April 10, 2014

Alzheimer’s is a disease that is often associated with the aging process, though it is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms such as confusion and mild memory loss can start as early as the forties, though the most common onset is seen after the age of sixty-five. The symptoms become progressively worse over the years and in the late stages often manifest themselves as the inability to respond to the environment, confusion about events, dates and time, forgetting words, anger or even depression. Though research continues, there is no known cure. While symptoms are treatable, there is no medication that can halt the gradual progression of the disease.

It is important to keep the person who has been diagnosed with the disease as active as possible. Many patients with Alzheimer’s are home bound. Providing activities keeps their minds and hands active and also provides them with a sense of accomplishment. Here are some suggestions for Alzheimer’s Activities that can be done in the home.

•Alzheimer’s Apron

The apron ties around the waist and has stimulating activities on the front for the mind and hands. Maintaining small muscle control is critical to those affected with Alzheimer’s. This apron keeps hands busy with zippers, buttons and shoe string and will also aid with dressing. The mind is working keeping the hands busy!

•Games

Everyone loves to play games! There are a wide assortment of games specially designed with the Alzheimer’s patient in mind. These include adaptive versions of classic board games and puzzles and Sudoku for all levels of function. Games offer stimulation for the mind, provide hours of fun and are great Alzheimer’s Activities!

•Gardening

Gardening is one of many pleasurable Alzheimer’s activities. There is a wide assortment of tools available that will aid those with Alzheimer’s to continue with this pleasurable activity. Such as long-handled tools, a garden seat caddy, tool belts and even easi-grip tools.

Keeping someone with Alzheimers disease active is important. They need to feel productive and worthwhile. Alzheimer’s activities also include puzzles, board games, card games, art projects, Nintendo, music therapy, listening to audio tapes, wheelchair exercises and more will stimulate the mind and body.

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