Activities for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder
Everyone needs a little bit of variety in how they spend their day and their free time. It is no different for the person with dementia. As caregivers and activity coordinators, we must remember to balance the different types of activities that the person with dementia engages in.
Group and Individual Activities:
- Large group activities
- Bingo, singing, group outings, and parties,
- Small group activities
- card games, some crafts, dining with a table of residents,
- Individual activities
- activities of daily living, reminiscing with a family member or friend, watching birds or fish, or giving the person a work-related activity such as sweeping.
Activities by domain:
- Physical activities
- Walking, dancing, bowling, or playing with a parachute as a group are great examples of physical activities.
- Social activities
- Visits from family and friends, parties, playing cards with a group, and any other event that takes place with other people.
- Intellectual activities
- Games that require the use of some logic such as crossword puzzles and most card games.
- Spiritual activities
- Singing hymns, attending worship services and other spiritual activities.
- Creative activities
- Crafts and hobbies.
- Work related activities
- Some residents will regress back to when they were working and look for activities related to their work. (Example of woman at the nurses station at shift change...)
- Personal care activities