Benefits of Mind Stimulating Activities

At Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, LLC our certified caregivers engage our clients in many mind stimulating activities, games and puzzles.  We are known for our compassionate care for our clients.  Our clients are our family!

Research has suggested that mind stimulating activities such as cross word puzzles, word games and music help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.   Through different studies, researchers have found that mental stimulation has actually been beneficial for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

In fact, the results of these studies showed that those with Alzheimer’s & Dementia who participated in mind stimulating activities showed a six to nine month delay in worsening of symptoms.  Also, those who participated in the activities had an increase of feeling better, improved communication and interactions with those around them.  Mental stimulation did not appear to improve mood or improve the ability to care for themselves.

Activities help by stirring memories, fostering emotional connections to others, encourages self-expression, lessens anxiety and helps to make one feel more engaged in life.

It’s important to do meaningful activities.  When participating in activities with your loved one, it’s important to remember what interests your loved one had in the past.  Activities a person once enjoyed may become overwhelming or even frustrating now. Patience is key!

Some suggested activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s are:

  1. Arts and crafts such as painting or knitting. Keep tools and patterns simple
  2. Organize household or office items
  3. Look at books
  4. Bake together
  5. Work on puzzles
  6. Sing songs
  7. Play music
  8. Read the newspaper
  9. Watch family videos
  10. Garden (Indoor & Outdoor)
  11. Dance
  12. Play board games

Reminiscing can help improve the quality of life.  You can look through photo albums, tell “remember when” stories, create a scrapbook or memory box together.

Mind stimulating activities should be a very enjoyable part of life and involve some social interaction.  Keeping active in the things they enjoy is very important for people with Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Please try to remember to avoid choosing activities that are beyond the person’s capabilities as this can result in frustration and a sense of failure.

Some recommended games for those with Alzheimer’s are:

  1. Qwirkle
  2. Shake Loose a Memory
  3. Follow your Nose
  4. Mind Start Rainbow Bingo

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, LLC is a family run business with the owner, MaryAnn Ciambriello being a certified RN with over 30 years of experience industry!  We give our clients compassionate care.  We will help you plan a customized care program for your loved one.  Contact us today at 203-520-0116