5 Stimulating Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer's

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5 Mentally Stimulating Activities for Aging Adults with Alzheimer’s

By Glenn Krakow, 9:00 am on

Alzheimer’s disease can cause seniors to withdraw from activities and experience rapid cognitive decline. However, participating in stimulating activities could slow the progression of the disease and help seniors live a better quality of life.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of El Dorado County senior care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

Here are some mentally stimulating activities seniors with Alzheimer’s can add to their routines. 

1. Reading

Reading exercises the brain and protects the grey cells that fight against cognitive decline. There are books you can read to your loved one as well as picture books he or she can look over. Choose books made specifically for people with Alzheimer’s. These books are mentally stimulating and have a more adult feel compared to easier-to-read young adult stories or children’s books.

2. Cooking 

Cooking is an enjoyable activity that provides seniors with cognitive, emotional, and other health benefits. Allowing your loved one to continue cooking can help him or her maintain skills and independence a bit longer and regain a sense of purpose. For safety, your loved one should always be supervised while in the kitchen.

3. Painting 

Painting stirs memories and brings language back into the lives of seniors who have difficulty speaking. When your loved one paints, the activity can give back some of the things the disease has taken away. For example, painting stimulates the senses and may trigger dormant memories. If your loved one has difficulty communicating with you and other family members, he or she can use painting as a form of expression. 

4. Gardening 

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulty eating and sleeping. Gardening is a mentally stimulating activity that boosts energy levels, develops appetite, and promotes good sleep hygiene. If your loved one does not have space for an outdoor garden, he or she can grow indoor plants. 

Aging adults with Alzheimer’s may require assistance with gardening and performing daily household  tasks. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, El Dorado County Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

5. Singing and Playing Music

Playing classic hits from your loved one’s past could help him or her recall certain memories and emotions. Listening to music or participating in sing-a-longs can boost cognitive ability over time. You should also pair the music with everyday activities. The rhythm could help him or her recall a memory associated with the specific activity.

Professional caregivers can help seniors stimulate their minds and age in the comfort of their homes. Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. El Dorado County, CA, respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities. To learn about our high-quality elderly care plans, give us a call at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 today.