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Activity and Dementia

Functional Activity Considerations

 

Being active is important for both mental and physical health.  Having a diagnosis of dementia does not mean giving up all of the activities you love.  Staying active enhances quality of life, and may distract from behaviors like wandering or getting upset.

 

Activities like taking care of yourself, working on a hobby, and playing games have been shown to improve cognition.  Activity that is meaningful to the person and is done in a safe place is important.  Activities should be done at a specific time of the day, and in a set order, to help with memory and decrease confusion.  An Occupational Therapist (OT) can create an activity plan based on what your loved one is interested in and able to do. An OT may also provide help on other ways to improve memory and function.

  • What type of activity program is safe and appropriate?
  • How much guidance/physical assistance will he/she need?
  • What equipment will be needed?
  • Will the OT teach me how to manage the activity plan?
  • How can I work these activities into a daily routine?

On-line Resources

Contacts

  • Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

 

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