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In Home Caregiver: Help Your Senior With Dementia Stay Engaged

Sep 6, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse

As dementia starts to set in, you may notice that your senior is no longer interested in their favorite activities or hobbies. Your loved one’s in-home caregiver knows just how hard this can be on your senior and on you too. Planned, routine activities can help enrich the lives of those seniors with dementia and keep them active and avoid wandering too.

In-home caregiver experts want to provide you with some activities that seniors with dementia can do to keep them active. These activities do not have to be strenuous in nature either. Let’s take a look:

  • Let individuals who have dementia know that they are needed and a part of the activity
  • Explain all the activities before they occur and make sure the senior understands the instructions
  • Focus on enjoyment and not necessarily if the activity is done correctly
  • Keep the senior’s limitations in mind
  • Regularly evaluate the senior’s abilities so that you can adjust to meet their needs

Our in-home caregiver team also wants to present you with some activities that are beneficial for all seniors and can help keep them engaged in the world around them.

  • Listen to music
  • Talk about past relationships and loved ones
  • Create artwork
  • Make gift bags to share with others in the community
  • Knit or make crafts
  • Bake something sweet
  • Garden or plant fresh flowers
  • Make jewelry
  • Make clay projects

The most important thing to remember is that you want to keep the activities fun and engaging. The activities should be in line with the individual’s abilities to avoid anger and frustration. You should plan outdoor activities when possible too and make sure that these activities include mental and physical stimulation. Comfort Keepers in-home caregiver team is here to help you – give us a call today to learn more. 

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