Elderly Care in Guilford CT
If the parent you’re providing elderly care for suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or some other dementia, finding fun things to do can be even more challenging. They, and you, may feel frustrated because the things they once loved to do, may no longer be possible because of their disease, but you can find other, new things they can enjoy; things that involve their five senses. Whatever it is it’s important they have fun with it.
Cooking or baking can evoke many memories for a dementia sufferer and there’s no end to activities and your loved one can do together. Whether it’s a sampling or tasting of different treats like snacks, chocolate, candies, food dipped in different-flavored sauces, etc., or something more involved like baking and decorating cookies or a cake, food and the preparation of it brings people together and experiences and memories can abound from there.
Smells have a way of evoking special memories for people. Using smell to engage someone with dementia is a wonderful activity, and there are so many different things to try. You can do something as simple as sampling different perfumes in a local department store, to picking some fragrant flowers together, or sampling different kinds of potpourri or incense in their home.
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and immediately were transported back to a place and time or activity that you recall vividly? The same could be true for someone even though they suffer from a memory-robbing disease.
So take some time to listen to music that has a special meaning for your loved one, or sing favorites songs, hymns or even Christmas carols together (even if it’s not Christmas yet)? You could also attend a local concert or watch a concert or music videos on You Tube or Public TV.
The gentle touch of someone’s hand a loving lick from a furry pet can make everything seem alright, no matter how bad the day was. But there are also other ways to incorporate the sense of touch into your loved one’s life: It might be a back rub or massage; finding out if there are any therapy pets in the area and, if so, scheduling one to come visit; working in the garden together; or even kneading dough for cookies or homemade bread.
Visual stimuli can be a wonderful for someone suffering from dementia. Seeing something beautiful can transform a bad day into a happy one. You can bring things into their home that are both colorful and either interesting to look at or fun to do. For example, at Easter time, you could dye eggs together; at Christmas, decorate the tree or windows with multi-colored lights; get picture books from the library that have vibrant colors; look through magazines, newspapers or photographs for colorful sights or ads; let them watch cartoons, draw in a coloring book, or even do a painting with brilliant colors.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Guilford, CT. Please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare East Haven. Call today: (203) 691-5071.