8 Brain-Engaging Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients
By The Alzheimer's Site
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which means the symptoms are likely to get worse over time. If you love someone who has an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it is painful to watch the development of dementia and gradual loss of independence. But there are some things that can help slow its progression, like activities you can do together that can engage the brain and enhance your loved one’s quality of life. Every moment is precious — these are some ways to make the most out of them.
Getting outside in the fresh air and playing in the dirt is more than a fun hobby. Gardening can help a patient with Alzheimer’s express and increase creativity. It doesn’t have to be huge — plan a garden plot or even a window garden where your loved one can see and interact with it regularly! Pick some flowers and vegetables together, and make it a ritual to care for them each day. You’re not just growing plants; you’re growing memories.
If they don’t like to garden, getting out into the sunlight is still a good idea. Vitamin D is synthesized by the body with exposure to sunlight. There is an observational link between vitamin D deficiency and dementia, though scientists have not yet determined if there is cause and effect there. Still, getting out into the sunlight for a bit is unlikely to do harm, and may stir positive memories while helping the body.
Stretching is a gentle exercise that helps get energy levels up, and recent studies suggest it might also aid memory and brain fitness. It also helps with an Alzheimer’s patient’s physical ability and flexibility.
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