There are always simple, routine activities of daily living that we do, from folding laundry to sorting groceries to food preparation. Consider opportunities to engage your senior in activities so they can feel like a productive member of a "team". Here are a few projects that take time but are simple and calming: snapping string beans, shucking corn on the cob, cookie cutting, decorating cupcakes and setting the dinner table. Connie Chow elaborates on both the why and what activities make seniors with dementia feel successful.No fail activities makes seniors feel successful Day-to-day life can be such a struggle. Activities where they can’t fail help seniors feel good about themselves. Giving seniors a sense of accomplishment is very important. That’s why activities that have no right or wrong way to do them are so highly recommended. Feeling successful is especially important for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, age-related cognitive decline, or who are recovering from health events like stroke. Being engaged in satisfying activities can also reduce agitation, challenging behavior, and unhappy moods. Get ideas for failure-free activities Carmel Sheridan, a psychologist and activities consultant specializing in Alzheimer's Disease, wrote a book called Failure-Free Activities For The Alzheimer's Patient: A Guidebook for Caregivers. Her book gives families practical ideas and advice for activities that help seniors feel capable and involved in normal life. Each activity idea comes with clearly illustrated instructions. What kinds of activities are in the book? This book contains more than 40 activities designed to raise self-esteem, relieve boredom, reduce feelings of isolation, encourage being involved with reality, and emphasize remaining skills and abilities. Categories include:

  • Solo activities
  • Reminiscing, like creating life collages or memory boxes
  • Family games
  • Music
  • Exercise
  • Food preparation
  • Crafts & gardening

Also good for seniors without dementia If you’re struggling to come up with activity ideas for your senior, this book can help. Even though the title says the book is for those with Alzheimer’s, these activities aren’t limited to people with dementia. Many activities could be enjoyed by any older adult. After all, wouldn’t many seniors enjoy reminiscing about their lives, listening to music, or putting together a special box of memories? How to buy the book Because this is an older book, brand new copies are scarce. Good quality used copies are available for around $7. The Amazon marketplace makes it easy and safe to find a book in good condition from a highly rated seller. Next Step > Buy Failure-Free Activities for the Alzheimer's Patient: A Guidebook for Caregivers By Connie Chow, Contributing Writer and Founder of DailyCaringImage: SF Public Press

November 5, 2021
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