For many people, the holidays are a joyful time of year. But for people with dementia, their families, and their caregivers, the holidays can pose special challenges. Family members want to enjoy the festivities, decorate their homes, spend time doing activities, being in the kitchen and so much more. Ensuring that those with dementia, Alzheimer’s or similar memory conditions feel loved and included during the holiday season is important. It can be tricky to navigate holiday preparations and family get-togethers when a family member or loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Luckily, there are a wide variety of memory care activities that can help boost cognitive function and ease dementia symptoms. Here’s a list of memory care activities that we’ve curated for you:
Listen to music
Music is a very powerful tool for those living with dementia and is an excellent memory care activity all year round. For many people, music is closely linked to memories and emotions. People who have trouble remembering what they did earlier in the day may still remember all the words to their favourite songs perfectly. So put on the golden oldies and enjoy!
Nothing stops you from including your loved one when decorating the house. Help them with simple craft activities like making a wreath, decorating a stocking, or painting a snowman. Crafting is a memory care activity that keeps those with dementia and Alzheimer’s busy while stimulating their brains.
Cook or bake some seasonal treats
If your loved one enjoyed cooking in the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s shouldn’t prevent him or her from doing this activity. Customize this memory care activity to make it easier and safer for your loved one. Baking can help your loved one maintain some of his or her old habits, in addition to his or her dignity and self-worth.
Holiday-themed memory care activities are meant to promote health and happiness, but many people with dementia or Alzheimer’s may not be capable of engaging in these tasks. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of specialised care. Livewell offers both permanent and respite care at our estates in Gauteng and Western Cape. For more information about our services please email [email protected].