Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's
Frequently Asked Questions
8. What everyday activities might interest a person with Alzheimer’s?
Plan activities that the person with Alzheimer’s enjoys. He or she can be a part of the activity or just watch. Also, you don't always have to be the "activities director." Adult day care services provide a safe environment, activities, and staff who take care of the person with Alzheimer’s at their own facility. For information on adult day care services that might help you, contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or visit their website at www.eldercare.gov.
Here are things you can do to help the person enjoy an activity.
- Match the activity with what the person with Alzheimer’s can do.
- Choose activities that can be fun for everyone.
- Help the person get started.
- Decide if he or she can do the activity alone or needs help.
- Watch to see if the person gets frustrated.
- Make sure he or she feels successful and has fun.
- Let him or her watch, if that is more enjoyable.
The person with Alzheimer’s can do different activities each day. These could include
- household chores such as washing dishes, setting the table, or preparing food
- cooking and baking such as mixing, measuring and pouring or tasting the food
- interacting with children by reading stories, playing board games, or sharing memories from childhood
- music and dancing, including playing CDs and tapes or singing or dancing to well-known tunes
- interacting with pets, including caring for, feeding and grooming them
- gardening, including watering plants, planting flowers and vegetables and talking about how the plants are growing