Caregivers and those being cared for should experience a personal connection and enjoy being together. When your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, it can be easy to miss that connection.

  • When planning the activity, choose the time of day that is best for your loved one, and when they’re most alert.
  • Be sure the activity will be safe for your loved one; if they tend to put things in their mouth, avoid small objects.
  • Try sorting games. If your loved one was a baseball fan, they might enjoy sorting baseball cards.
  • Baking is also a fun activity. Make something simple like cookies or brownies and enjoy them later.
  • Find tasks around the house that your loved one can handle. Consider sweeping or folding towels; being helpful can boost self-esteem.
  • Even those in the later stages of Alzheimer’s can enjoy music, especially songs from “back in the day.” Sing and dance together.

Although he or she may not remember the specific activity, your loved one will have a good feeling that will stay with him or her even after you’re gone.

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