During the holidays, older adults living with Alzheimer’s need to participate in fun activities to stimulate their brains and prevent isolation. Family caregivers need to ensure the activities aren’t confusing or too difficult so seniors with this disease avoid disorientation, agitation, and various actions that could lead to injuries and other safety issues. Here are some Thanksgiving activities that are safe for seniors with Alzheimer’s.
1. Arranging Thanksgiving Flower Bouquets
This fun project could be the main centerpiece at the family dinner, made by the guest of honor, your elderly loved one. Arranging flowers is a safe and fun activity for seniors with Alzheimer’s who enjoy gardening. All your loved one will need is a plastic vase, artificial flowers, foam, and a little creativity. Your loved one can express his or her emotions and thoughts when creating the flower bouquet. Creating a bouquet is the perfect outlet for the emotions seniors with Alzheimer’s have bottled inside due to their decreasing communication skills and limited cognitive abilities.
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2. Making Thanksgiving Greeting Cards
Older adults often have family members and friends who live in different cities, states, and countries, but with postal mail and the internet, communicating with their long-distance loved ones is a little easier. They can create Thanksgiving greeting cards to mail out to those who won’t be able to attend the holiday festivities. Designing cards gives seniors creative freedom and a sense of purpose. Writing notes of gratitude on each card could make seniors with Alzheimer’s feel good and boost their mental health.
3. Singing and Dancing
Listening to or singing their favorite holiday songs can be a fun, safe, and calming activity for aging adults living with Alzheimer’s disease. The sounds of the music can shift their moods and reduce the risk of agitation, confusion, and anger. Playing holiday songs can trigger positive memories from past Thanksgivings, stimulating positive interactions. Your loved one may even be encouraged to dance to the rhythm of the songs, which may facilitate cognitive function and motor movements.
Exercise is important for everyone, including people with Alzheimer’s. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Milwaukee seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.
4. Playing Thanksgiving Games
Choose from a variety of brain-stimulating games such as Thanksgiving bingo, word puzzles, and musical chairs. The objective is to help your loved one boost his or her social connections. When your loved one completes the games, make sure to pat him or her on the back or give him or her a high-five. This is beneficial because many adults with Alzheimer’s are touch-deprived. Showing your appreciation and admiration during Thanksgiving games lets your loved one know you enjoy his or her presence.
5. Cleaning the Home
Cleaning may not seem like much fun, but for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, it can be a positive activity that gives them some control. Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease often become depressed because they feel like they have lost the ability to take charge. Give your loved one safe household chores to complete, and watch his or her mood brighten almost instantly. Cleaning the home for Thanksgiving is a structured activity that can ease anxiety while providing a sense of accomplishment. Your loved one will be excited to host family and friends in an intimate setting.
Holidays can be a fun time for everyone in the family, including seniors with Alzheimer’s. It’s not always easy to know what’s safe and what isn’t. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Milwaukee Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Call Milwaukee (414) 964-8000 or Waukesha (262) 782-3383 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.