Each and every stage of Alzheimer’s disease comes with its own distinct obstacles, and the methods to overcome those challenges and help seniors live the fullest life possible must be adapted accordingly. In the late stage of Alzheimer’s, it is common for the senior’s level of activity and involvement to decline; however, it is still extremely important for caregivers to search out as many opportunities as possible to help the older adult stay involved in enjoyable pursuits.
Enhanced Home Care’s Kansas City home care staff are thoroughly trained and proficient in appropriate Alzheimer’s care for each distinct level of the disease. We offer the following engaging activities to try with your senior loved one in late stage Alzheimer’s:
- Brainstorm the senior’s interests. A beneficial initial step is to write down as extensive a list as possible of what has piqued the senior’s interest earlier in her life: her favorite type of music and songs, pastimes, and passions. Having as much of this insight as possible in one document will aid in trying to find complimenting activities that she perhaps will take pleasure in. For instance, if she raised and trained beagles, scheduling a therapy dog to go visit or picking out a stuffed dog that looks comparable to one she had in previous years could bring her great joy.
- Be sure the person spends time outside. There isn’t anything quite as rejuvenating and soothing as feeling the sunlight on your face and a cool breeze in your hair. Take the older adult to a local park, or even just take a walk/wheelchair ride around the block or through a garden to allow her the chance for fresh air and to encounter firsthand the beauty of nature. Loved ones or trained caregivers from the Kansas City home care team at Enhanced Home Care, can assist older adults with enjoying the outdoors safely.
- Make time to reminisce. Considering Alzheimer’s has an effect on short-term memory first and often leaves longer-range memories unimpaired, revisiting tales you know from the senior’s past, helping her look through photo albums, playing the music she danced to at her wedding or when rocking her small children can all bring about an elevated interest in the world around her.
- Engage in the arts. Arts and crafts are often effective activities throughout the stages of Alzheimer’s. In the more advanced stages, the senior may simply hold onto art supplies or help put them into place as the care provider takes care of the majority of the project, but the tactile engagement itself is soothing, and can revive memories of art projects she’s done in the past.
If you’d like more appropriate activity suggestions for those with Alzheimer’s, contact the Kansas City home care team at Enhanced Home Care. Our dementia care experts are committed to ensuring that each senior’s overall health, wellbeing, and enjoyment in life are optimized through caring, patient, personalized home care services. You can contact us any time at 913-327-0000 to schedule a free in-home meeting to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care solutions for your senior loved one.