Appropriate activities are an important part of an overall therapy plan for persons who have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Games, toys, puzzles, and other fun things not only provide a pleasurable diversion, but there is evidence that activities that are cognitively stimulating might even slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Age- and stage-appropriate activities are a simple and effective way to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease.
An appropriate activity for someone with Alzheimer's is any activity that provides cognitive or sensory stimulation, inspires reminiscing, is enjoyable, exercises the mind and/or body, and is not demeaning. This last point can be a little sticky. "Is not demeaning" refers to the sensibilities of the person with Alzheimer's. If that person feels something you give him or her is for some reason not appropriate, he or she will let you know. If that person enjoys the activity, even if it is a toy designed for a 8 year old, it is likely he/she is benefiting from it.
We have spent literally hundreds of hours searching for and selecting the activities available here. We always look for things that are age-appropriate, as you will see as you peruse our selection. That said, we have included several activities that were designed specifically for children, but provide excellent benefits nonetheless.
No game, no puzzle or art activity will be right for everyone. As caregiver for a person or persons with Alzheimer's, you know the likes and preferences and history of the individual. Use that knowledge to make your selections. You can always contact us for help and suggestions.
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