Activities for those with Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Activities to enjoy and engage
Here’s a list of activities I’ve seen residents enjoy. Naturally it depends on what stage they are in. That will determine what they are able to do. Some are great activities for everyone.
- Balloon Toss — From what I’ve seen this is by far the most engaging and popular activity. Even those who don’t do much or talk much will get involved in this and play and laugh. Because it’s a balloon it doesn’t hurt when it hits someone. Usually they laugh even harder when you get hit! And if they are the one who hit someone, most often they apologize. They move and reach and laugh. It turns out to be very good exercise for them. It’s the most stimulation you will see many of them exhibit.
- Old Movies — There are tons of collections available on DVD through Amazon that will have dozens of movies or TV episodes all on one. Musicals like The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Showboat, The Holiday Inn. Westerns with John Wayne, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger and others. Comedies such as those with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby
- Favorite TV series from I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke, Red Skelton, Carol Burnett
- Sing Alongs, especially old favorites
- Dancing too for those who are mobile
- Bible Study and Singing Hymns — Here again, even those who don’t communicate often or well seem to enjoy this time. They will sit and listen and try to sing along for over an hour.
- Indoor Bowling
- Wii with various indoor sport activities
- Jigsaw Puzzles 300 piece or less, easy grip or large piece is best
- Baking cookies, frosting cupcakes. It may be hard to keep hands clean and keep their hands out of the dough
- Folding towels and laundry–Not only relaxing but makes feel useful doing a normal activity that’s familiar
- Listen to a book reading
- Walks, around the block, down by the beach, through a park, at the mall
- Light gardening if there is an area. There are special planters so they needn’t bend down.
- Lunch out or a picnic, even if you stay in the car
- Bus Trips