Enriching activities are important for everyone whether or not you have Alzheimer’s. When used in dementia care, the results have a positive effect on the care partnership.
However, staying creative and being persistent in finding activities that put a smile on your loved one’s face can be quite a challenge. You are the one person they feel most comfortable around, and as a result, most of their enrichment will come from doing things with you.
In this workshop, Rachael Wonderlin returns to the Together in This Empowerment series.
Rachael has a Master’s in Gerontology and works in long-term dementia care. She also runs her own blog, Dementia By Day.com.
During this interactive workshop, Rachael taught tips & strategies on how activities geared towards your loved one’s interests will improve their overall well-being.
Enriching activities include the following benefits:
- Fosters a rewarding relationship
- Lifts their spirit
- Enhances their quality of life
- Creates a sense of purpose
- Boosts self-esteem
- Rekindles lost memories
- Reduces behavioral issues
- Alleviates need for excessive medications
- Reduces caregiver strain
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Rena McDaniel says
With mom I have used gardening which always works really well and lately I’ve used “sorting” as a way to redirect her. I found that she would take a bucket of change she had and sort it every day. I really didn’t pay much attention to it until I had a drawer full of restaurant sauces and was wanting to through some away. She got excited as she started sorting them into different piles. So since then I have been collecting things that need to be sorted like change, buttons etc.
Mike Good says
I think gardening has so many positive aspects especially when done together with a loved one. And sorting things is a great suggestion Rena. Thank you for the examples because as you’ve learned, the sorting doesn’t have to be complex items or things that require precision. I’ve also heard of people collecting their junk mail in a pile to get “some help” with or men sorting nuts and bolts from garage. Thanks for sharing.