Today is Throwback Thursday! Long term memories remain intact the longest for people with dementia, so tapping into those memories through conversation are wonderful ways to communicate. It is even better if you have actual items to touch and see - reminiscing can make wonderful connections and moments! Here are some spring-related ideas for this week:
- Spring is here! Talk about blooming plants that happen this time of year in your area. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth are common ones. Hold flower bulbs and/or flowers and talk about them!
- Spring time means cleaning, whether it be inside housework or outside yard work (see yard work activities adapted for dementia). Talk about spring chores and/or get the person to help you! Wash windows, rake leaves, dust, sweep the sidewalk, etc.
- Spring training for baseball is underway! What is the local professional team in your area? Bring in baseballs, fan t-shirts, banners, etc and talk about them or play old games you find on sports channels. You might even find live baseball practices or games going on at the local fields near you to watch. Combine your reminiscing with a good old fashioned hot dog or ice cream and sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!"
- The animals are coming out of their winter hiding or migration and new babies are being born! Talk about baby bunnies or chicks, look at pictures, or visit a local farm or petting zoo to see them live.
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