Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Alzheimer's and Dementia Activities: What Works for Your Loved One?

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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I thought this article might give you, as an Activities Directors, some ideas
Harriet Hodgson
Harriet HodgsonLevel: PlatinumHarriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist

Coming up with activities that work for my 98 1/2-year-old father-in-law is difficult. He has severe dementia, can hardly hear (he has a cochlear implant and a hearing aid), has trouble seeing, and needs a walker to get around. Many resources have been written about activities for people with memory disease and they include crafts, sing-alongs, music therapy, dancing, cooking, gardening, woodworking, and walking clubs.
None of these activities work for Dad. We have racked our brains to come up with activities that work for him. The things we do with Dad take lots of advance planning and we consider:
TIMING. It takes Dad several hours to awaken fully and get his mind working. We have found that afternoon and early evening activities work best for him.
WEATHER. We check weather forecasts ahead of time and make sure Dad is dressed for the weather and has extra clothing.
MEDICATIONS. If we are going to be gone for several hours, or a day, we order Dad's medications ahead of time. We make a list of what he takes and when he takes it.
EXTRA SUPPLIES. As Dad has gotten older his asthma has gotten worse. We make sure Dad has an inhaler with him and extra batteries for his hearing aid.
Dad lives in Assisted Living........read the whole article

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