1. Consider his enjoyment. Does he like watching sports or do the noises and movements overwhelm him? Keep in mind that your loved one’s interests may change over time and take note of when he seems happy, anxious, or irritable and adjust his activities as needed. If football is no longer appealing, try finding enjoyment in calmer activities like watching documentaries or mysteries.
2. Don’t forget about her abilities. Try to keep the activities that she enjoys in her daily routine. Modify these activities to match her strengths and abilities.
3. Take note of if your loved one starts activities without direction. Does he begin their morning with a puzzle? If so, include puzzles in his daily routine.
4. Be aware of physical difficulties. Does she become easily tired or have trouble with balance?
5. Emphasize enjoyment, not achievement. Encourage activities that enhance your loved one’s skills and ability.
6. Encourage involvement. Activities like setting the table or changing the laundry can help someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia continue to feel like a valued member of the household. These activities can also provide a sense of success.
7. Relate activities to work life. If your loved one worked in an office, she may enjoy activities that organize a space like sorting mail or color-coding folders.
8. Keep the time of day in mind. Your loved one may find specific activities easier to complete in the morning or night. For example, bathing might be easier in the morning.
If you notice that your loved one is losing interest or becoming irritated, it is most likely time to change or stop the activity.
1. Help start the activity. Some individuals might still have the desire and energy to partake in an activity but can struggle to take the initiative to begin.
2. Show support. You may need to show your loved one how to participate in an activity and break your explanation into basic steps.