Activities to do with Alzheimer's Patients
Alzheimer’s disease is a severe kind of dementia that causes problems with behavior, memory and thinking. It is a progressive disease where symptoms develop slowly and gradually get worse as the time passes. In the early stages, memory loss is not so serious, and it is very hard to detect the symptoms that indicate this disease. However, as it progresses, the symptoms become more severe and begin to interfere with conducting of simple everyday activities and tasks. Persons who suffer from it gradually lose their ability to memorize some basic things and events; they become prone to rapid changes in mood and behavior; they become unable to normally respond to the environment and carry on a conversation, etc.
Although there is no real cure for the Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms that can stop their progressing, numerous researches have been conducted in an attempt to find the best treatments and ways to fight the disease or at least slow the worsening of its symptoms. The studies show that certain activities performed with Alzheimer’s patients gave significant results in improving the quality of their lives and slowing the worsening of symptoms of dementia. There are many of these activities that caregivers can do with Alzheimer’s patient and the most efficient proved to be:
Singing the songs and playing music
Caregivers should find out what are the songs and music that their patients love and that remind them of their childhood and some beautiful moments and try to find and download songs and music and then motivate them to remember the words and sing together.
Watching old movies and family videos and looking through photo albums
Watching their favorite old movies and family videos will help them recall some memories from their past as well as looking through photo albums full of pictures from their childhood and young adulthood.
Reading out aloud from old cookbooks and books that patients used to enjoy
Reading aloud to the Alzheimer’s patients from their favorite books and letting them hold them and feel the pages and their smell will also help them stay calm and remember some things and words from them. They can even read the old cookbooks and be encouraged to try to remember the recipes and cook their favorite meals.
Going to nature and connecting with animals
Walking through nature and listening to the sounds of it and touching the grass, flowers, and trees, feeling the wind and sunshine will also help them stay calm and they may even remember what their favorite outdoor activities were. They should also visit the place where they can connect with animals, touch them and talk to them and that might encourage them to remember their pets or their life on a farm.
Doing arts and crafts and bringing back the old skills
Such activities include knitting, painting, crocheting and many other activities which proved to be very successful, etc. Many patients that were given a chance to do this did not forget how to paint, knit or crochet despite their serious memory or cognitive problems. The muscles can often remember what the brain has forgotten.