Posted on Aug 08, 2013
In Home Dementia Care and Fun Classes for Alzheimers and Dementia Clients
Off To Class: Fun Classes for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Clients and In Home Care for Dementia from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, proudly serving all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California. Call 805-687-7777 for more information today!
It may come as no surprise that expression through creative art can bring a lot of joy, especially in a loved one who is suffering from a dementia related disease such as Alzheimer’s. It is important to keep your loved one interested in activities which will help them to stay active participants in their life and have a more positive overall outlook.
Continuing your aging loved one’s education isn’t necessarily the easiest task in the world, especially if they are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, having Alzheimer’s or dementia doesn’t mean they are incapable of learning.
A local art class may just hold the key to actively participating in life for your aging loved one. Art classes are a great way for your aging loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia to express their passions. For your aging loved one, their artwork may represent what they still can achieve as their lives are increasingly measured by what they are losing to the devastating neurological disorder. Give your elderly loved one an outlet and freedom to draw whatever they want. Art can also help with deteriorating motor skills.
People with Alzheimer’s and dementia are very attracted to music. The familiar sounds can relax their mind and body and bring back pleasant memories from their past. You can help to retrieve these memories by creating a playlist on your computer or smartphone using a music streaming service such as Pandora. Try to watch for cues in their facial expressions and body language to make sure the music is having a positive effect on their mood. Music can be very stimulating or soothing, depending on the song and they types of memories they stir up. Music can help your loved one to connect to people and ground them.
There is something very therapeutic about cooking. Many people find great joy in whipping up a mouthwatering dinner or baking a favorite treat. For some, the steps of walking through a recipe and smelling the familiar scents of cooking can act as triggers to relive pleasant memories. A cooking class may be a wonderful way to connect with your aging loved one. Local community colleges and night education programs offer cooking classes that can help your elderly loved one remember recipes and measurements, as well as enjoy home cooked meals.
There are many easygoing classes out there that would be taught an appropriate pace for your aging loved one who is coping with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Group settings can be a great place for your aging loved to get back into the learning spirit. Please call 805-687-7777 to speak to a friendly senior care expert who will guide you to the right resources. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.