Keeping as active as possible when you have dementia both physically and mentally can help improve sleep, reduce anxiety and depression.
Appropriate activities can also help provide a sense of normality and enjoyment to a person with dementia. Activities can help give a structure to their day and a way to communicate with family and carers.
How do you keep active with dementia?
Go for a walk, do some dancing or work in the garden: – Regular exercise can help reduce aggression and depression. It can improve appetite and sleep patterns. Exercise uses up spare energy and acts as a distraction from difficult behaviour. It can also provide a social activity and a routine to the day.
Life Story Work:- Working together to pull together interesting and important things that have happened in their life can be hugely beneficial for a person with dementia and their Carers. It encourages interaction and communication and can be used when the person is anxious to remember happy times. Life story work can be created in many forms, for example, a scrapbook, or a memory box.
Play Games: – Playing games can help to maintain everyday skills and independence. Specifically developed games or games that can be adapted to suit the requirements of the person with dementia can improve dexterity, coordination and mobility.
Jigsaws:- When deciding on a jigsaw for someone with dementia, it’s important to consider what stage of the dementia journey they are in to ensure the jigsaw is not too challenging. Jigsaws provide a focus for energy helping to reduce anxiety and a feeling of achievement once the jigsaw is complete.
Sensory Stimulation: – If a person with dementia is agitated providing items that feel tactile and are interesting and soothing to touch can be calming. For example, Fiddle Muffs and Aprons can be used.
Listening to music: – Listening to, and enjoying musician have many benefits in the setting of dementia. It can help reduce anxiety and depression and help maintain speech and language. Take a look at the https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk/ website. Designed, to help people with dementia to reconnect with their memories.
Activities may take longer than they did before or need adapting to suit the needs of the person. But doing this will provide many benefits for the person with dementia.