Thursday, July 3, 2008

Alzheimer's Patient and Activities

It is good to keep your Alzheimer's patient occupied and active while they still can, whether inside or outside before they become immobile.Choose activities that will stimulate anything too complex will frustrate them and you will have other emotions to deal with.

Its is good to have your patient get some amount of sunlight everyday, whether walking or just sitting for a while.
You can also play games and do word search or puzzles depending on what stage of the disease they are at.

You can also give them family photos to search through and select their favorite ones and place them in a special album so they can have with them to look at whenever they like.

Get them a stuffed animal or doll to hug, they like to hoard things, it keeps them comfortable.

A good daily amount of light exercise helps to keep their bones and muscles strong. Exercise improves their balance and also helps them to sleep better.Don't over do it remember they are not training for a marathon, you are only trying to keep them healthy.

If you can afford it you can higher a personal trainer or a physical therapist, someone who has experience working with Alzheimer's disease patients

While doing the light exercises may sure to look for any signs of discomfort, pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, if you notice anything you should stop the exercise and consult their doctor for advise.

2 comments:

puzzles said...

I was reading this great article on activities for caregivers and would like to inform your readers about some new activities that are on the market that were designed specifically for activities for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients.

I spoke with many activity directors to find out what exactly they wanted and here a brief list.

_Age appropriate activities rather than childlike.

_Storytelling themes that would make it easier caregivers and family members to start conversations.

_puzzles with large, wooden pieces, not too big so they could complete them.

_a puzzle for early stages and one for middle stages, to help everyone succeed.

From this information I developed Memory Jogging Puzzles that are age appropriate with wonderful storytelling themes by the famous Norman Rockwell and The Saturday Evening Post Covers.

The puzzles are small with large pieces, 6 piece for middle stages and 12 piece for early stages.

They have been tested in facilities and the everyone loves the Norman Rockwell themes. They are a great way for families and caregivers to interact with loved ones and at the same time be a part of their memory treatment and brain exercises.

And the most important part of the testing: it was a fun time, everyone felt a sense of success and completion of a task, rather than failure and frustration.

I also developed Memory Card games like concentration for repetition using Norman Rockwell themes from The Saturday Evening Post.

The cards are over sized with great detail. Special instructions are included to assure everyone success.

"Your puzzles do indeed show some promise, due to the fact that they engage persons with their emotional and recognition memory, but then rely upon "here and now" problem-solving skills." by Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical
Geropsychologist

The puzzles and cards have recently been featured on GilbertGuide.com

For more information visit my website: http://www.memoryjoggingpuzzles.com

karen@memoryjoggingpuzzles.com

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