Your senior loved one may have some symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but it doesn’t mean he or she can’t enjoy doing the things he or she has always loved. Hobbies, games, and crafts can keep your loved one busy and reduce some of the symptoms. Learn how to keep your loved one occupied with these activities.
Touching Fidget Blankets or Boards
Seniors with Alzheimer’s enjoy touching and feeling different items. You may notice your loved one run his or her hands over textured items or frequently touch the buttons on his or her shirt. Fidget blankets or boards, which can be very soothing to ageing adults with Alzheimer’s, can be purchased or homemade. If making a blanket or board, ensure any buttons, ribbons, or other embellishments on it are firmly attached. Some seniors may try to put small items in their mouths, which presents a choking hazard.
Ageing adults with Alzheimer’s disease can benefit from receiving professional Alzheimer’s care. Erina seniors need regular mental stimulation when managing memory-related conditions, and a reliable in-home care worker who has extensive training in Alzheimer’s care can be a great asset.
Set up an easel with a roll of craft paper, a large paintbrush, and a tray with washable, non-toxic paints. Your loved one may enjoy painting as he or she listens to music. Painting may also showcase his or her talents. Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia studied seniors with Alzheimer’s as they engaged in singing, drawing, and painting. The researchers found some study participants developed artistic skills they didn’t have before the disease developed.
If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of homecare families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Having your loved one help around the house may boost his or her mood and help him or her retain some feelings of independence. It’s okay if the chores are inconsequential or “made up.” Ageing adults with Alzheimer’s often enjoy helping with simple chores or tasks, such as folding towels, organising a drawer, straightening crumpled tissues, or organising a stack of papers. Doing these tasks provides a sense of accomplishment.
Holding a Familiar Object
You may find that certain objects help your loved one feel comforted. Holding items, such as a favorite purse or wallet, a stuffed animal, a doll, or a lap blanket, may be very soothing to your loved one. If your loved one is attached to a stuffed animal or doll, encourage him or her to “care” for it by combing its hair or “feeding” it.
Playing Games or Puzzles
Early on in the Alzheimer’s diagnosis, your loved one may still be able to enjoy playing games or puzzles. Chess, checkers, Scrabble, Monopoly, and card games are all good choices that can encourage socialisation with others and boost cognitive skills. As the disease progresses, your loved one may not be able to solve puzzles and play games anymore, but he or she may still enjoy arranging sturdy puzzle pieces, moving game pieces around the board, or shuffling a deck of cards, either alone or with family and friends. It doesn’t matter if the rules of the game are followed or the puzzle is correctly put together. Staying busy with play can help your loved one feel joy and be with others as the condition moves into a later phase.
If your ageing loved one is living with Alzheimer’s, having a trained professional care worker close by can provide you and your family with much-needed peace of mind. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior home care. Erina families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualised care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate, professional aged care for your loved one. Call one of our dedicated Care Managers today at (02) 4363 5090 to learn about the high quality of our in-home care services.