The summer isn’t over yet! There’s still time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with your living with , , or another type of dementia.
’s diagnosis, their ability to do favorite activities may have shifted, but there are still plenty of ways to have fun and spend quality time together.
including experience a of symptoms , changes in executive functions, difficulty regulating emotion, and changes in communication capabilities. Regardless of what symptoms your is experiencing, research shows that , socialization, and engagement are beneficial to a person living with dementia.
Depending on the stage of their disease will determine how much of an activity they are able to do, independently.
For example, individuals in the of the disease may enjoy more active activities- like going to the beach. However, individuals in the may enjoy and benefit from a on the patio.
As a , it’s important to consider where your is within the disease . However, regardless of the , are crucial to supporting cognitive abilities.
Be willing to adapt if you notice your
is struggling and move on to a . should be stress-free for both you, as well as your .
Just because it’s the summertime, doesn’t mean you and your have to go outside to have fun.
Below are some outdoor and indoor the dog days of summer. to enjoy with your during
Incorporating time outdoors into your ’s is so important. Vitamin D and fresh air can encourage and improve overall mood and
’s regular routine is important, but making small changes such as enjoying a meal outdoors increases your ’s access to fresh air and Vitamin D.
Time and again music has been shown to be beneficial for people living with Alzheimer’s. Whether it’s being used to set a mood or to encourage
, music has the power to evoke emotions and spark conversation.
Cognitive stimulation is key for people living with
. Taking one of your ’s favorite activities outdoors is a great way to maintain cognitive stimulation while taking advantage of the nice weather.
Going to a farmer’s market or picking out your own produce allows your to be involved in meal preparation, increasing feelings of purposefulness.
It can be common for people to struggle with finding meaningful activities, but something like this is purposeful, has
and is a great way to make new memories!
When outside, don’t forget to keep your hydrated with sun ! Your may not remember these things on their own so it will be up to you to monitor hydration and sun exposure.
Whether at home or out in the community, keep in mind that people living with Alzheimer’s may have an increased risk of wandering in the nicer weather. Staying active together can reduce this risk.
It’s important to keep in mind that , and people living with Alzheimer’s may not notice they are overheating. may be more prone to dehydration
Have some activities on hand to do inside if the heat gets too much.
Maintaining a routine is key, and incorporating purposeful household activities into the daily schedule keeps your active and engaged, at many stages of the disease.
Some activities might be assisting with meal preparation (as safe to do so),
, or organization. Here are a few more to consider:
activates the olfactory senses which can be a powerful tool for and even for managing moods. Invoking a variety of focuses on different parts of the brain for the person with dementia.
Putting on some favorite music and singing together is an excellent way to connect and create memories with your
. Music is a way to encourage as well!
Museums encourage through walking, as well as cognitive stimulation.
Several museums have programs specifically designed for people living with
. If your struggles with leaving the home, check out a virtual museum tour online.
Depending on your ’s abilities, perusing or creating a can be a meaningful project for your . Going through of friends and may inspire your to remember fun events and reminisce about the past.
Photos act as visual cues and reminders to people living with Alzheimer’s.
Finding meaningful activities is always important and the summer can open up opportunities for this. Having a
is a key component of .
Routine is so beneficial to Creating a routine of . has a positive impact on your ’s and cognition. Think about one activity a day that invokes each of the senses- taste, smell, sight, sound, and touch.
Additionally, think about the different types of activities like physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
Thinking about these different components leads to a well-rounded daily life.
Caring for someone with can be difficult and maintaining a schedule of can add to that difficulty.
Between managing appointments and household tasks, finding additional time to keep your active and entertained can be tough.
To increase support for both you and your , explore with options such as:
Not only will adding other people to your ’s routine help you as the improve your , but it will also increase socialization for your .
With nicer weather and freer schedules, the summer can open up opportunities to try for meaningful engagement for your living with . This summer, try something new and create new memories with your .
Laurel McLaughlin has over a decade worth of experience in various sectors of the elder care field- home care, senior living, and non-profits. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is a certified dementia practitioner.
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