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Top 40 Memory Care Activities for People With Alzheimer's

Apr 28, 2021

Alzheimer's Disease

Top 40 Memory Care Activities for People With Alzheimer's

The effects of Alzheimer's can be held at bay if the mind is kept strong. Performing certain activities is beneficial at keeping many Alzheimer's symptoms to a minimum. There are many memory loss support activities to keep Alzheimer's patients busy. Staying active and involved will keep their mind sharp and focused.

The following 40 activities are extremely effective at keeping both the mind and memory sharp to help prevent Alzheimer's and dementia effects.

Brain Stimulating Games

  1. Try Different Puzzles: Tackle a few brain teaser puzzles to keep their mind active and alert. The best way to keep their mind sharp is to find puzzles that test their problem-solving abilities. You can opt for crossword and jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, etc.

  2. Scrabble: This board game involving words helps to improve your vocabulary, problem-solving skills and is great for your emotional and mental health.

  3. Card Games: Card games can include a bridge game, a round of poker with your friends, or a game of hearts with the grandkids.

  4. Chess and Checkers: These are fun and challenging board games that can boost concentration, memory recall, and decision-making skills.

  5. Online Games: If played in moderation, many online games can be healthy and engaging for the brain. Additionally, these convenient games can be played anywhere, from your home computer or any mobile device.

  6. Solve Problems in Reverse: Solve problems backward. Working in reverse keeps the mind sharp and keeps them focused on the task at hand.

  7. Brush up Your Reading and Creative Writing Skills

  8. Read Everyday: Reading newspapers, books, magazines, blogs, etc., everyday can stimulate your brain and improve your memory.

  9. Join a Book Club: Combine the benefits of reading and healthy social interaction with people of similar interests by joining a book club.

  10. Diary Writing: Write the day's events like regular activities, special accomplishments, surprising events, new learnings, memories, etc. It helps you identify your fears and develop a positive attitude.

  11. Memoirs: Share your life story, including interesting events and funny ones, to keep you motivated and sharpen your mind.

  12. Handwrite Cards and Letters: Send handwritten letters and cards for special occasions to add a personal touch to a regular greeting.

  13. Get in Touch with Your Artistic Side

  14. Painting and Sketching: Making pencil sketches, landscapes, canvas painting, or even shading are simple and creative memory boosters.

  15. Needlework and Knitting: Knit yourself or your grandkids a sweater, or sew them a pair of stockings to ward off the effects of Alzheimer's.

  16. Woodworking: You can take up simple woodworking projects like creating bath caddies or a cookbook/ tablet stand.

  17. Create Photo Albums and Scrapbooks: This fun activity can remind you of good memories and allow you to flex your creative muscles.

  18. Holiday Craft: Create holiday and seasonal wreaths, put up Christmas ornaments, carve Halloween pumpkins, create Easter baskets or create any craft related to the season's festivities and channel your inner creativity.

  19. Jewelry: Creating simple jewelry projects like stringing beads or creating decorative jewelry boxes are fun activities which boost concentration.

  20. Recreate Family Recipes: Note your fabulous family recipes in a book, a recipe box, or in the digital format for your grandkids and future generations.

  21. Take Up New Skills

  22. Take a Class: Local communities often offer reasonably priced classes for cooking, guitar, etc., through their Park and Recreation programs.

  23. Learn a New Language: Learning a new language through online tutorials, language tapes, books, etc., can decrease the risk of dementia.

  24. Learn Photography: Learning digital photography and photo editing techniques are great stress busters.

  25. Understand Technology: Use your laptop or phone to brush up on your technical skills and try to learn more about any hardware or software that interests you.

  26. Birdwatching: Try learning to identify and track birds in your neighborhood or local area.

  27. Indulge in Some Music

  28. Listen to Your Favorite Music: Listening to their favorite music at home or attending virtual or live music programs brings back memories that can keep you active.

  29. Singing: Singing songs alone or in a group with friends and family can lift your spirits, and remembering the lyrics is a great memory activity.

  30. Musical Instruments: Playing any instrument like guitar or piano can enhance your hand-eye coordination and boost your mental health.

  31. Dancing: Dancing is a fun activity that enhances social interactions and boosts your hand, eye, and brain coordination.

  32. Get Creative Workouts

  33. Stay Fit: Help your loved one get out and walk more or visit the gym and exercise regularly. Join a bowling league or chase the grandkids! You can also join virtual fitness classes to stay fit.

  34. Work Outside: Plant a garden or pull some weeds. Help them get their hands dirty!

  35. Meditation, Yoga, and Stretching: Meditation relaxes the body and mind, while yoga and stretching exercises improve blood flow to the brain and other areas of the body.

  36. Keep changing Your Daily Walk Routes: Keep changing your daily walk routes or walk in new places to see new sights and sceneries.

  37. Social Activities

  38. Spend Time With Family: Socializing with friends and family is a great way to stay active and keep your mind alert. Go out to dinner or see a movie with the grandchildren.

  39. Museums: Going to museums, art galleries, and exhibitions can stimulate your mind.

  40. Movies and Plays: Watching films and plays alone or with friends is entertaining and can stimulate your mind and senses.

  41. Volunteering: You can volunteer in person or remotely with a local community organization to keep your mind active.

  42. Animal Fostering or Adoption: Adopting or fostering animals like dogs or cats can keep your mind active, and taking the pets out for walks serves as a refreshing physical activity.

  43. Never Stop Learning

  44. Take on New Challenges Daily: Keep challenging yourself by trying new things regularly. New experiences can help break up old habits and encourage you to do something that stretches your boundaries.

  45. Spend Time in the Kitchen: Cook meals for the family or bake some goodies for the grandkids!

  46. Travel Virtually: Spend thirty minutes everyday taking virtual tours of different cities. Visit a new city every week and keep your mind active by learning about its history and culture.

  47. Get New Information: Listen to podcasts and good-quality news shows. Write down the information or discuss it within your circle to enhance your cognitive powers.

At Newport Home Care, we provide various types of Alzheimer's care services suitable to the needs of different patient types and requirements. Contact our team to avail compassionate care and high-quality service for your loved ones.

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