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This Week's Carenote - 06/26/09
Could you please suggest activities or where I can find examples for people with Alzheimer's. I work with them all day, and would like to do different things with them.


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Name: Kath
Location: Dallas
Date: 06/26/2009
Time: 06:57 AM


I'm delighted that you recognize the importance of keeping people with Alzheimer's active and engaged. You can subscribe to sites like Activity for a reasonable fee and get loads of activities. Also, an internet search of "activities for seniors with dementia" will return some free sites. Consider all the areas - physical movement, arts, expression, music, sensory and tactile. I use simple card games like just dealing out the cards and then saying who has a 1, put it down, now who has a 2. With my mom and her residents, we sit in a circle and kick a beach ball back and forth, they will do it for hours. Simple cooking recipes, such as you would use for kids are good. Chair exercises such as Sit and be Fit are great. Also, some children's activities are appropriate, such as stringing cherrios and hanging them outside for the birds, stamping paint with stamps made from raw potatoes, finger painting (with pudding if you think they might eat it, add food coloring to vanilla to make more colors.

Name: Michele
Location: Superior, WI
Date: 06/26/2009
Time: 07:23 AM


Balloon Volleyball, bean bag toss, ring toss, gardening, sing alongs, scarves to move to music, wind yarn ball, fold towels/washcloths, sort silverware, preparing/tasting fresh fruit, coloring pictures, cut coupons, reminiscing using cookbooks, post cards hats, shopping catalogs

Name: Lauren Agoratus
Location: United States
Date: 06/26/2009
Time: 07:35 AM


You may want to try reminisence work. Also simple things like bringing in potting soil, seeds, and planting in styrofoam cups. Another idea is a round robin where each person says a sentence on a topic, creating a poem, and then in the end create a literature magazine.

Name: Robert M.
Location: Ohio
Date: 06/26/2009
Time: 06:55 PM


Visiting pets, especially those that do tricks a ball can be very entertaining. Even people with advanced Alzheimer's can throw or roll a ball for a dog to chase. It seems like even the most impaired patients respond to animals.

Name: Karen P
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: 07/01/2009
Time: 12:29 PM


If you are looking for a great resource for products for people with Alzheimer's and dementia try They have a lot of great products.


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