For many elderly patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease can limit the types of activities they can do, and it is also difficult to enjoy the things they do. Caregivers need to take the time to plan and organize activities to keep their patients mentally and physically active, which is critical to the overall health of dementia patients.
There are many ways for caregivers to know more about meaningful and enjoyable activities. Here are some general guidelines for choosing the best activities and games for people with dementia.
1. Think of activities the patient enjoyed before his health deteriorated, such as:gardening or games; Depending on the state of dementia, activities may need to be simplified, but doing something meaningful rather than just spending time is much more likely to have a positive impact on the patient.
2. Create routines and activities that make patients feel useful and productive; Helping with household chores, such as folding laundry or just cooking, can also be very helpful
3. Physical activity is very important for the patient's health; Even a simple walk around the block or stretching exercises can have many benefits; Physical activity can also reduce the boredom or anxiety people with dementia may experience and turn it into an activity they look forward to.
There are many groups for caregivers who need ideas for caring for elderly patients. Inquiries to local hospitals or national associations can be helpful.
Another important thing for nurses to keep in mind is that when introducing a new idea or activity, they may face resistance from the patient. The nurse's role here is to encourage and stay positive and motivated for the benefit of the patient.