Posted on Jul 12, 2018
Activities to Help Dementia Patients
We as humans need more than just food, water, shelter, and oxygen. We need to engage, to think, to play, and to socialize. Without these things, we tend to lose ourself. Our brains shut down.
Isolation isn’t the answer
In a lot of instances, when people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or dementia, they are put into isolation. Elderly patients are confined to group homes or even locked in their own homes without the ability to interact with others. This isolated state can actually cause a more rapid increase in the disease’s development. There are several activities that can help keep your loved ones engaged, socializing, and having fun - even after being diagnosed.
The Art of Getting Older
Art is an extremely useful way of expressing emotion. Even those who are unable to speak can paint how they feel. With art there is no right or wrong, which comes as a relief to patients suffering from neurological disorders in which they are constantly tested and corrected on their actions. With art, they are able to freely do what they please, regardless of what the intentions actually are. Family members and caregivers should participate in creating art with their elderly loved ones. This provides a unique opportunity for interaction and socialization without as many boundaries.
The Joy of Music
There have been abundant studies on how music positively affects cognitive abilities. Learning to read music is associated with a longer memory cycle. One theory as to why music stays long after everything else is forgotten is that it combines memory, hearing, emotions, physical movements, and rhythm. Using music, whether creating (singing, playing an instrument, etc.) or simply listening to can bring back emotions from happier times. If your loved one has the ability to play an instrument it also helps with hand-eye coordination, a skill that can be harder to maintain as the disease progresses.
Most cities cater to social activities for seniors. Seniors who are able to positively interact with others -- not only other seniors but other people in general -- do much better and are generally happier. This preschool inside of a nursing home, for example, is a great way of how social interaction can help elevate the mood of a senior patient.
Finding the Right Path for Your Loved Ones
There are many ways to engage socially. What one person enjoys may not be what others enjoy, and finding that balance and passion may be a complicated road. Senior Helpers Charleston is ready to help navigate with services like companionship and conversation, help with hobbies, and transportation to appointments.
Give us a call today to set up a free in-home care interview.