Spring Activities For Your Loved One With Dementia
There’s a feeling that comes with Spring. That feeling of new beginning and rebirth. From the beautiful flowers to the fresh air and all the way to the little things that we have come to associate with that sweet pause right before the sun takes over fully.
There are some things that people caring for dementia patients can help them do that may prove to be beneficial for them in spring.
Scientific research suggests that activity participation impacts the well-being of people with dementia (PWDs). It is however important to consider health, age, general wellbeing and the environment when organizing activities for people with dementia.
14 Safe and fun springtime activities for people with dementia
1. Frolic with earth
There appears to be something in the mixture of soil, plant, water, and sun that makes people feel better. Particularly when the activity is gardening.
A perfect balance of light, non-vigorous exercise, and sensitivity training and simulation. Planting flowers, removing the unwanted plant, transplanting the flower into a pot, or vice versa. With the aid of special dementia-favoring tools, your loved one can enjoy a safe good time.
2. A light stroll
Balanced, comfortable and lightweight shoes are all your loved one needs to enjoy an easy stroll around the neighborhood. The street, the woods, or a nearby park are all great places for a walk. This serves as an effective source of exercise with proven benefits for people living with dementia. Walking may help reduce depression, and improve urinary continence and communication
3. Feed the birds
Bird feeding, or more specifically, bird watching has been proven to help dementia patients with mood, morale, and even cognition. You can either take your loved one to a park with birds or just invite the birds by putting a bird feeder on an elevated windowsill. Talking about the birds may also help as you keep your loved one company at a moment like this.
4. Find a sweet sunny spot
Find a nice spot in the morning sun, wear nice sunscreen and sun shades and spread a mat. The benefits of the morning sun are numerous for your loved one’s physical and psychological needs.
From mood improvement to a nice dose of vitamin D, all the way to heart health and reduction of their stress levels. A good advantage of being in the open air when the sun is up is also in the way such exposure stimulates us mentally.
5. Go picnicking
You can have your loved one help you set up a picnic basket with fruits, snacks and healthy drinks. Your loved one will love that process to the actual picnic. You could go to a park, or just set out a nice mat on your porch. What matters is that your loved one is having a moment that is interactive. If the environment permits, you could go as far as a barbecue party.
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We really never know for sure what moments will be clear, and what moments will have our loved one remembering important things. Do something that you know your loved one used to love. Sing a song, play the guitar, or maybe just do some dancing with them. Each of these things may help stimulate them. Just sharing these moments may help not just the person living with dementia, but their caregiver too.
7. Sniff flowers
Yet another way to help your loved one living with dementia is to have them pick, sort, and make bouquets out of flowers. You may decide to place the bouquets around your home, or give them to friends and family members. The main aim is to get your loved ones using their hands, and sense of smell as they complete simple tasks that can cheer them up.
8. Indoor gardening
If for some reason, your loved one can not participate in outdoor gardening, they can still get the benefits of gardening through indoor gardening. They could use bowls, and wall baskets to raise crawling flowers etc. From vegetables to flowers, you can raise a beautiful indoor garden that will stimulate your loved one and benefit everyone who walks into it.
9. Make some flower pots
With a few terracotta or fired clay pots, you can have a nice pot painting session with your loved one. The act of holding the brush, applying the paint and creating a design on flower pots can be very stimulating. And the fact that the pots continue to be around, in the indoor or outdoor gardens that you have created can be fulfilling too.
10. Make an art dive
Spring may also be a good time to help your person living with dementia take a dive into the world of art on canvas. It could be as simple as watercolor on cardboard, just help them set up their own makeshift studio and encourage them to get inspiration from the bright beautiful flowers of spring. They may paint the flowers that fascinate them, or just do whatever on the canvas.
11. Spend time together
Periodic family and friends get together can help with a mood boost. But seeing what Covid -19 has done to human interaction, a good substitute for a house party would be group video calls. The important thing is to maintain a connection with family and friends.
12. Get some supervised swimming sessions
Fill a shallow pool with bright colored floaters and have the person living with dementia just sit in it. The weather is not cold enough to be uncomfortable, but it is definitely enough to be stimulating. Swimming in cold water has been shown to significantly improve the health and general well-being of people living with dementia.
13. Spring cleaning
Another great activity for people with dementia is spring cleaning. They of course can’t participate in the rigorous aspects of it, but easy, manageable tasks will help them feel included and cherished. Maybe it will even help bring old memories.
14. Yoga stretches in the yellow sun
Standing and chair yoga can be of considerable benefit for people living with dementia, depending on how advanced they are. In fact, many patients report significant changes in their bodies for the better due to their participation in yoga.
Need help caring for your loved one with dementia this spring?
Of the estimated 55 million people living with dementia all over the world, about 5.8 million live in the United States. While many patients will never get a diagnosis, the people who do get a diagnosis can rest assured in the knowledge that they can live relatively quality lives with dementia. This spring, Cadia healthcare is prepared to help residents and their families have the best colorful experiences.
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Dementia can be difficult for people to handle on their own. And many people feel frustrated at having to divide themselves between living life, making a living and giving support to their loved one who has dementia. This often affects the family life adversely and may become tiring. The reality of living with a patient of dementia can affect the quality of life of you and your loved ones.
Many locations exist across the country who make promises of support and care. Cadia healthcare does not just make such promises, we follow through to the last letter. We will provide optimum care, support and attention to your loved one through every stage.
Cadia Healthcare makes a mission out of providing premium care and support in a healthy and enriching environment. They prioritize safety and quality living for all residents across the board. We provide gentle mental, physical, and psychological stimulation services as well as basic care and health monitoring. With us, your loved one isn’t just a patient, they’re family.