One concern of many caregivers is that some of the recommended activities for people with Alzheimer's are demeaning to the patient. Alison Mahoney addresses this concern in a study published in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. She maintains that, "stage-appropriate activities do not demean dementia patients when caregivers present play as a legitimate recreation and create a sense of fun and interest."
Our experience is in agreement with this view. Bernice truly enjoys the activities that Holly does with her, even though they were designed for a much younger crowd. And that enjoyment is benefiting her physically, emotionally, and cognitively.