Activities That Work for Everyone

Programs that engage individuals in meaningful activities, exercise and social interaction may reduce the frequency of wandering. Walking – the most readily available form of exercise – can be combined with other useful activities.

Moderate exercise helps many people with dementia feel better – both physically and emotionally. As little as 20 minutes of walking three times a week can boost mood, decrease risk of falls, reduce wandering and delay nursing home placement in people with dementia. Some types of repetitive household tasks can provide exercise while allowing the person to feel like he or she is helping out.

This short video captures the essence of caregiving activities designed with love.

Examples of Wellness Activities

Communication

Improved communication can open the door to participating in other activities and trigger memories. Many activities are universal, like playing cards and they can help overcome language and cultural differences. Many can be enjoyed without verbal interaction, other than expressing the joy and excitement of playing.

Amira Tate Communication with Alzheimer and Dementia Patients

Hula Hoop

Yes! Even a person with dementia can enjoy exercising with a Hula Hoop. Some individuals may need to be supervised and guided. Do this exercise activity while sitting in a chair. A chair with arms can provide support to help a person that has balance difficulties. Grasp the hoop with both hands and rotate it left and right as if you were driving a car.

There are many more exercises that can increase mobility, strength and coordination without leaving their chair or bed.

Hula Hoop For Low Functioning Adults
Hula Hoop For Low Functioning Adults
Hula Hoop For Low Functioning Adults

Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt game is an example of an activity that is good for a person with a kinesthetic personality. Items can be identified by touch and feel. If the treasure is not recognized by touch and feel, looking at it might trigger a memory of the item. Recognizing various articles that have been buried in the sand can help restore memories and self-confidence.

There are many more exercises that can increase mobility, strength and coordination without leaving their chair or bed.

Treasure Hunt Activities with Low Functioning Patients

Balloon Toss

Balloon toss is good for hand/eye coordination and social interaction.
Use vinyl balloons for anyone allergic to latex.

Balloon Toss Wellness Activities for Low Function Adults

Amira’s Thinking Number Cards

I have created a game called Amira’s Thinking Number Cards. It is so exciting and can be played in various ways at any age or functional level. I have instruction included in the box that shows seven ways I use the cards. I have fun playing with the elderly people I see in my activity business and even my nieces love it. It has been a very popular seller in my booths and workshops.

Amira Tame Number Card Game Activities For Low Function

How Am I Feeling Today?

When I could see that Sally was uncomfortable, and she never said anything
that bothered her, I knew that she may have forgotten the words to express her feelings.
I created an activity called, “How Am I Feeling Today.” It consists of cards with a
word that expresses a variety of feelings and needs on each. I found that feelings
could be expressed without needing to recall the words. Once they saw the
feeling they were experiencing, I knew that it was real.

How Am I Feeling Today Activities

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