Activity for Alzheimer's
Games for Alzheimer's & Dementia
Games should be challenging but not so difficult that they are frustrating. The best games for Alzheimer's make players think, rely on their memory and knowledge, and create new memories. Add sensory stimulus, a strong social aspect, and some light exercise and you have a perfect game for people with dementia.
Games are fun because they challenge us. That is true if one is young or old, man or woman, or if one happens to have dementia. Our large selection of games have been chosen because they provide an appropriate challenge for people with memory or cognitive challenges without being too difficult. Fitrness games improve strength, balance, and dexterity; also important for health and safety. Manipulation of game pieces help the hands and arms stay limber and strong. Brain fitness games improve memory functioning and are good for the whole brain.
Games for Alzheimer's and dementia should be selected with certain standards in mind:
- Consider the stage of a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s, or the ability of the person or people in your care. We offer stage recommendations on product pages in the "More Information"tab under each product picture.
- Whenever possible, take the individuals’ interests into account, their interests now and earlier in life.
- Choose games that are stage-appropriate - they should not be too difficult or too simple
- Look for games that inspire interaction among the players. Oppotunity to socialize is very important for the well-being of people with dementia.
Games for sensory stimulation aid brain functioning by strengthening brain connections. Reminiscing and sensory stimulation are two more therapies for Alzheimer’s that the right game can provide. We have reminiscence games that will animate conversation while they arouse fond memories. Some games enspire memories just because they are old.
A study in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia reports that playing Bingo provides mental stimulation that is highly therapeutic for people with cognitive disorders, like Alzheimer's. Individuals who had dementia of the Alzheimer's type participated in the Bingo study above. Those who played Bingo performed significantly better on measures of cognition than participants who did not play. Furthermore, staff members reported increases in alertness and awareness in the test subjects, and this effect lasted for hours after testing was complete.
The investigators above chose Bingo, but all games stimulate the brain in one way or another; that is why they are thereaputic, and that's why they are fun. Any stage-appropriate game will do the trick.
Visit our website to learn more about how games improve quality of life for people with dementia by clicking here.