Senior PuzzleWith September’s designation as World Alzheimer’s Month, it’s important to remember that there are many ways we can promote brain activity for loved ones with the disease.

Embassy Healthcare knows that keeping people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias engaged in activities with family and friends can help them in the following ways:

 

  • Keep emotional connections with loved ones
  • Decrease anxiety or irritability due to the disease
  • Help stir beloved memories
  • Promote self-expression

Here are some failure-free ways you can promote brain activity for those with Alzheimer’s:

  1. Clean up the house: Have them help with simple tasks at home such as sweeping the floor, folding towels or wiping the table. Jobs will give them a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Get crafty: Try simple artistic projects such as painting, coloring or knitting.
  3. Rock to the oldies: Play some music they used to enjoy as a youth. You can often see the memories fill a person’s face as they hear music from the past.
  4. Put your nose in a book: Look at some of their favorite books together.
  5. Take a trip down memory lane: Watch old family videos, look at photographs, or look at items they worked with in a career or hobby.
  6. Clip away: Get some old magazines they used to enjoy and cut out pictures and images. You could also glue the items into a scrapbook so they can revisit them later.
  7. Piece it together: Work on simple puzzles together.
  8. Get green thumbs: Plant something together, tend the garden, pull some weeds or simply visit a botanical garden.

For more information on Embassy Healthcare’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia services, call us at 888-975-1379 or contact us online.