The work we do and the activities we choose for fun tell the world a lot about us. But people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) lose, little by little over time, the ability to do those things that make them who they are.
Activities should make the best use of a person's remaining strengths and skills, and be based on interests and hobbies developed over a lifetime. These include activities like going for walks or gardening, which you can still enjoy together. Meaningful activities can also reduce the risk of agitation or upsetting behaviors. A person with AD and/or dementia has difficulty planning and choosing activities. In the early stages, just a reminder or a cue may be enough to get him going, and he may be able to carry on from there. To keep activities enjoyable, follow these tips:
* Establish a routine that includes a balance of rest and activity.
* Recognize limitations. Long trips, three-act plays or a seat in the balcony far from the restroom are going to cause trouble.
* Adjust the activity to make it possible for him to participate.
Don't tell a person with AD about an activity you have planned too far in advance, because this may cause anxiety, not pleasant expectation.
NOTE: Some people with AD get very upset watching violence on TV because they think it is real. Careful TV monitoring is important.