Encourage, but do not compel, the person with dementia to remain active. Compliment the person on their accomplishments on a regular basis. Find activities that the person with dementia enjoys and can readily manage. Look for tasks that will be meaningful to the person with dementia. Provide opportunities for social interaction.
It is important to remember that people with dementia become less dependent upon others as they lose their ability to think and communicate clearly. They may even develop anxieties or fears due to a loss of familiarity with surroundings. These factors should be taken into account when motivating someone with dementia.
It is vital that you do not force anyone to do anything. If the person with dementia does not feel like doing something, let them say so in a calm manner. Do not argue with them if they do not want to participate in an activity.
People with dementia often have problems remembering things that have happened recently or earlier in life. This is because their brains are losing connections between thoughts and memories as well as brain cells. Sometimes people with dementia find it difficult to relate recent events to themselves or others. However, everyone experiences changes to their memory from time to time. It is normal for people with dementia to forget things from time to time.
If you notice that your loved one is becoming frustrated or angry without explanation, stop what you are doing and take note of what is causing them distress.
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Activities for a person with dementia should ideally: retain residual abilities. Compensate for missing activity. This boosts self-esteem and gives the individual more strength. Help fight depression. Remove oneself from negative situations or people. Have a positive effect on mood.
Other benefits include: keeping muscles strong, preventing falls, reducing anxiety, and having a positive impact on other people's attitudes toward someone with dementia.
Activity programs for people with dementia have been shown to help them feel like participating in life again, reduce their depression and anxiety, improve their memory, and protect them against further cognitive decline. Activity programs can include anything that keeps your mind and body busy including dance, music, sports, board games, reading, computer games, and social clubs.
The value of activities for individuals with dementia cannot be overstated. They provide enjoyment, keep minds and bodies active, reduce depression and anxiety, and give everyone involved a sense of purpose and accomplishment. As well, activity groups can help connect people with dementia to family and friends, offer support to caregivers, and promote acceptance of different abilities and lifestyles among group members.
There are many types of activities available for people with dementia.
Making a difference in a dementia patient's life
Continue reading to learn about some things you may perform with your loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer's.
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