Activity Menu for Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Our Regal Clinicians and Caregivers put together a list of suggested activities for those families expecting holiday visits from Seniors with Dementia or an elderly relative with Alzheimer’s. Actually these activities are perfect all year long. Keeping loved ones active with meaningful activities gives them pleasure and keeps them from withdrawing. The key is to “stimulate” but keep it simple and safe! Some activities work better at certain times of the day. Remember to concentrate on the process, not the results. What matters is that the individual (and you) enjoyed the time spent on it. 

     ~  Play or listen to holiday music

     ~  Sing Christmas or Hanukkah songs, even just “golden oldies”

     ~  Paint and/or draw

     ~  Knit or crochet a scarf

     ~  Organize sentimental items and trinkets – they have a story to tell

     ~  Look at old photo albums, and current pictures toopainting

     ~  Watch family videos

     ~  Read the daily newspaper or a favorite book together

     ~  Walk in the park or along the beach

     ~  Tend the garden, plant something simple, impatiens perhaps

     ~  Cut and arrange flowersconcierge services

     ~  Work on simple puzzles, crosswords

     ~  Play board games, cards, Bingo!

     ~  Bake something simple in the kitchen

Keep in mind that pleasurable activities can bring back happy memories and rekindle emotional connections. Activities that encourage self-expression can help those with dementia feel more engaged in their environment. 

CONTACT US: Meaningful activities can provide stimulation while promoting a feeling of usefulness, and raising spirits any time of year, not just at holiday time. A Senior family member or elderly loved one suffering from cognitive decline or dementia might benefit from an in-home care plan that supports their treatment and care management, as well as provides assistance with the activities of daily life. Regal nurses and trained caregivers can coordinate with the individual’s family members and healthcare professionals so they can be treated comfortably and cost-effectively in the less restrictive environment of the home. For a consultation, please contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or

This article is not intended as medical advice

Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 04:12 PM