Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s in South Florida
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia characterized by memory loss and loss of intellectual abilities. The disease worsens with time. It can be very difficult to observe a loved one living with this disease. But finding activities that loved ones enjoy can bring pleasure to them and their families.
Engaging a loved one in hobbies or interests that gave them pleasure in the past can be a great way to bring up memories, develop self-expression, and encourage social bonds with others. Keep in mind that Alzheimer’s does affect behavior and senses, so it’s important to reintroduce these activities gradually to avoid overwhelming the individual.
In addition to seeking out hobbies from the past, there are numerous activities that may bring pleasure to loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s. While the severity of the disease may affect which activities are they enjoy, keep in mind that meaningful activities will be especially beneficial because they allow the individual to make a difference, no matter how small.
Here are some ideas:
- Listen to a playlist of favorite songs. Sing along and talk about music.
- Take a walk outside and enjoy nature. Encourage the use of all senses to witness the beauty of nature. Try visiting the serene Morikami Japanese Gardens in Boca Raton or Flamingo Gardens in Broward County.
- Engage in household tasks that provide a sense of accomplishment.
- Plant a small garden inside or outside and water the plants. Point out plant growth and changes.
- Select a simple craft and make something. Pick up some inexpensive crafts from one of the Michael’s Craft Store or A.C. Moore locations throughout South Florida.
- Follow simple recipes to cook or bake something special that the individual will enjoy.
- Involve the individual in social interactions, especially with family members.
- Peruse old photo albums or watch family movies, encouraging conversation.
- Go for a walk, play catch with a ball, or participate in tai chi. Exercise is important for everyone, including Alzheimer’s patients. Exercise helps individuals with Alzheimer’s improve appetite, mood and sleep.
- Enjoy time with animals. Dogs and cats can provide comfort at a level that most Alzheimer’s patients instinctively understand. Visit a pet store, bring your pet, or inquire about therapy animals.
While there is no cure available for Alzheimer’s yet, ongoing medical research is uncovering important information that will lead to treatment in the future. In the interim, family members can speak with medical staff about specific symptom treatments and family members and caregivers can engage in meaningful activities to encourage social interaction, a sense of accomplishment, and overall wellbeing. For more information on helping loved ones with Alzheimer’s, contact Expicare at 561-736-1422.
Owned and managed by highly qualified Registered Nurses, Expicare is a recognized leader of home health care in South Florida. For over three decades, Expicare has provided unparalleled home health care to thousands of patients throughout Palm Beach County. From post-surgery assistance to compassionate care for patients and families struggling with Alzheimer’s, Expicare provides highly skilled nurses and nursing assistants to care for your parents or loved ones. For more information, contact 561-736-1422, toll-free: 855-730-9895, or visit www.expicare.com.