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5 Enjoyable Ways a Parent with Alzheimer’s Can Stay Busy

Caring for an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s disease means there may be times throughout the day when he or she needs to stay busy while you focus on other things. Though it’s easy to just turn on the television, try one of these activities that may reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms.

1. Reading Aloud

Your loved one may have a difficult time reading and comprehending words, but he or she may still enjoy listening to a book. Taking the time to spend a little while reading to your loved one each day can be a soothing activity. When the time doesn’t allow, try downloading an audiobook for your loved one to listen to. An activity that keeps the hands occupied while listening, such as rubbing a tactile blanket, can reduce fidgeting.

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2. Playing with Animals

Animals can be very therapeutic for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Your loved one may enjoy spending time with a therapy dog, visiting the animals at the zoo, or going with you to volunteer at a local animal shelter. At home, your loved one can continue to stay busy by “caring” for a stuffed animal of his or her choosing. He or she may enjoy petting the soft animal and combing its hair.

3. Making a Sensory Bin

Seniors with Alzheimer’s often wring or rub their hands together when they feel anxious or nervous. Help your loved one calm down with a sensory bin. Sensory bins help with fine motor skills and promote focus. To make a sensory bin, fill a small plastic box with a variety of items of different shapes, sizes, and textures. Make sure none of the objects are too small, as this might pose a choking hazard should your loved one put an item in his or her mouth.

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4. Making Bird Feeders

If your loved one enjoyed sewing or knitting but is no longer able to do so, threading cereal on a string to use as a bird feeder can be a good alternative activity. Simply tape one end of a piece of string to the table and give your loved one a bowl of popcorn or cereal such as Froot Loops or Cheerios. Attach a large plastic needle to the opposite end of the string and show your loved one how to string the food onto it. Hang the bird feeder outside the window so your loved one can enjoy watching the birds eat the snack.

5. Playing Fine Motor Skills Games

Seniors with Alzheimer’s may have a difficult time with fine motor skills. Playing games can strengthen the hands. There are a variety of games and activities your loved one can play. For example, try giving your loved one brightly colored clothespins to attach to a card, or have him or her sort coins, stack cups, or pick up “spilled” cereal or M&Ms and put them in a container.

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s, having a trained professional caregiver 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 at-home care. Boca Raton families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized 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. If you need professional Alzheimer’s home care for your loved one, our Care Managers are just a phone call away. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (561) 826.9282.