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Alzheimer Activity - Helping with Outdoor Landscaping Chores

Posted by Administrator on 10/21/2012
People with dementia can help with many of the steps of outdoor landscaping chores.  Here are some ideas to try, adapted for the various stages of dementia.

Alzheimer outdoor activities
 
Early Stage Dementia
  • Provide a bag and rake for raking leaves. Re-direct, as needed, to keep the person on task.
  • Prune overgrown bushes by bringing the person to the bush and instructing in what to do. Supervise the person for safety and to prevent over-pruning.
  • Help the person plant spring-blooming bulbs by giving step by step directions and providing the needed tools.
  • Weather too cold or rainy to get out? Offer our Raking or Garden jigsaw puzzle to complete instead.

Middle Stage Dementia
  • Demonstrate and tell the person how to rake leaves. Raking might be random and repetivite, but that is okay.
  • Help the person lay down mulch around plants that need protection over the winter.
  • Show the person weeds to pull, to eliminate more weeds in the spring. You may need to provide step by step, continual directions - or if you help weed, the person may watch you and follow suit.
  • Weather too cold or rainy to get out? Offer a Flower jigsaw puzzle instead.
     
Late Stage Dementia
  • Provide fall flowers, such as mums to look at and smell
  • Allow the person to see, smell, and feel brightly colored fall leaves, with supervision.

Shop our fall themed, large piece puzzles for dementia below.

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