Activities For Alzheimer's Patients

Living With Alzheimer's

Activities For Alzheimer's Patients

One of the most promising aspects of managing Alzheimers disease is to assign activities to Alzheimers patients that are targeted at promoting mental health and well-being that will hopefully slow down if not reverse the progress of the disease. In Alzheimers housing facilities worldwide, these activities are part of the daily routines of patients hosted within the facility.

For the benefit of those who are keeping their Alzheimers inflicted loved ones in their homes and would like to offer brain-teasing exercises to help arrest the progress of the disease, here is a list of activities for Alzheimer's patients that doctors recommend giving on a regular basis.

•Listening to Music. This is a more passive exercise but by no means is it a passé one. Listening to music stokes the creative centers of the brain and stimulates certain regions to fire up in response to the stimulus. Stick to calm soothing music in order to keep the patient relaxed.

•Ball Toss. This is a popular activity that is intended to sharpen the hand-eye coordination of patients. With the progress of Alzheimers disease, vital motor skills are severely compromised resulting in loss of hand-eye coordination function.

•Sorting Exercises. Most activities for Alzheimer's patients involve simple decision-making skills like sorting objects of the same color or shapes. While these may seem elementary and basic, these are useful towards building cognitive and mental strength to be able to recall the basics of making decisions or classifying things; skills that we take for granted in our world.

•Cooking Class. Cooking engages the senses, particular the nose and the eyes. It helps the patient process information that allows certain parts of their brains to respond positively with multiple stimuli working at the same time.

In general, it is possible for anyone to develop activities for Alzheimer's patients as long as the guidelines for these are properly followed. These guidelines include creating meaningful activities that stimulate mental activity, activities that are used to assess cognitive or motor skills and activities that have zero chance for failure. All of the above should be simple and stress-free. Remember that the goal is to allow patients to enjoy the use of their mental faculties in order to get the neurons in their brain to fire and function as before.

However, should you find all these too complicated to plan for, always remember that you can take your loved one to an Alzheimers facility. There they will be given proper care and attention along with the activities mentioned in this article to help them regain some sense of control over their lives. It is very important to recognize that this is an indispensable part of the disease managing process and should never be neglected in any way, shape or form. Should you feel that only a professional is capable of doing this, then do not hesitate to entrust your loved one to those professionals. Then you will have peace of mind in knowing they are in the hands of someone who is trained at what they do.

Preparing activities for Alzheimer's patients are the least we can do to help them experience a semblance of their former lives, albeit in the most basic of forms. Whether it is in the home or in an Alzheimer’s facility is a decision you will need to make according to the condition of the patient.