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Thanksgiving Activity for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/17/2022 to Dementia Activities
The Thanksgiving holiday can be great inspiration for activities for people with dementia. Check out this "Fill the Plate" activity which can get people engaged in conversation and recalling family traditions.

Gifts Ideas for the Mother with Dementia

Posted by on 5/3/2019 to Dementia Activities
You may be looking for something to give that's special, for this Mother's Day.  Just your time, a laugh, or handhold can be enough but we also came up with this great list of gift ideas to consider.

Music - A Meaningful and Magical Activity for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/22/2018 to Dementia Activities
Music can be meaningful and magical - eliciting emotions and memories. For people with dementia, it can be one of the most meaningful activities, that can spark memories and allow connecting with the people around them.

July 4 Activities for Dementia

Posted by on 7/2/2017 to Dementia Activities
The July 4th holiday is the perfect time to try these simple activities that are appropriate for people with dementia.

Video Activity for Dementia: Signs of Spring

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/27/2017 to Dementia Activities
Videos can be great to watch with the person with dementia, as the images provide visual triggers to allow conversation. Try this video showing common signs of spring.

Activities for Dementia: Celebrating Spring!

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/26/2017 to Dementia Activities
Enjoy spring with the person with dementia with these simplified, yet adult-oriented, activity ideas.

Activities to Engage the Person the Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/13/2017 to Dementia Activities
There are many benefits to keeping the person with dementia engaged in daily activities and tasks. Get some ideas here of activities you can try.

Caregiver Hobbies As Dementia Activities

Posted by on 2/18/2017 to Dementia Activities
When looking for activities for the person with dementia, the caregiver might consider adapting hobbies that the caregiver likes to do, to be appropriate for the person with dementia.

Dementia Activities Are Not Just For Fun

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/7/2017 to Dementia Activities
Activities are not just events in the schedule for people with dementia. For them, it is important that we think of activities as all the things we do in daily life, so that we can help people with dementia to stay active and engaged.

3 Foolproof Activities for Connecting with the Person with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/3/2016 to Dementia Activities
Try these 3 easy and familiar activities for a near-guaranteed way to connect with the person with dementia.

Complex Brain, Complex Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/3/2016 to Daily Living Tips
The functions of the brain are very complex, therefore, the damage done due to dementia is very complex.

Confusion with Dementia - What is It Like?

Posted by on 10/1/2016 to Communication Tips
What might the person with dementia be feeling as their world becomes more confused? Consider this poem "Do You See Me?" by guest contributor Sonny Gonzalez.

Helping Dementia - One Puzzle Piece at a Time

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/27/2016 to Dementia Activities
Jigsaw puzzles challenge the mind in many ways and can be a fun and enjoyable activity to do with family or friends. Puzzles that are adapted for dementia, allow the right level of challenge, joy, and success.

Activities for Dementia: Bountiful Gardens

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/14/2016 to Dementia Activities
Summer vegetable gardens are in full bloom and offer a great activities for dementia.  Read more for easy ideas you can do today, both for higher and lower levels of dementia.

I Can't Get the Person with Dementia to Understand

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/19/2016 to Communication Tips
Trying to reason with the person with dementia is not effective and can make things even worse. Get helpful information and tips here to handle those difficult situations.

'Love a Tree' Activities for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/16/2016 to Dementia Activities
Today is National Love a Tree Day! What a great way to celebrate trees with the person with dementia, while doing these fun activities.

Throwback Thursday: Reminiscing for Dementia Vol. 3

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/12/2016 to Dementia Activities
Try these school day reminiscing activities to tap into the remaining long-term memories of people with dementia.

Making Mother's Day Special for the Mom with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/29/2016 to Dementia Activities
Honoring the mom who has dementia on Mother's Day can be as simple as a looking at a photo album together to enjoying a nice cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Get ideas here to make Mother's Day special.

Why are Activities for Dementia So Important?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/27/2016 to Dementia Activities
Engaging in activities and tasks is so important for the person with dementia - and it can help caregivers, too. Learn the benefits of activity engagement and then access a tipsheet that will help you know what types of activities to try, even as the person's abilities change.

Throwback Thursday - Springtime Reminiscing

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/24/2016 to Dementia Activities
Find some great spring-time related topics to reminisce about with people with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia. Reminiscing activities tap into retained long-term memories and can create moments of joy and comfort.

Developing Patience for Alzheimer's Caregiving

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/23/2016 to Daily Living Tips
Finding patience can help all of us to be more present in the moment, less reactionary to the challenges that come up, and less stressed.  It can help the dementia caregiver immensely and have just as much benefit for the person living with the disease.

What Can I Do About This Behavior? - The Difficult Symptoms of Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/5/2016 to Communication Tips
The term 'behaviors' relates to the difficult symptoms the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can experience such as asking repeated questions, agitation, wandering, and asking to go home.  Understanding that behaviors are a message can help to uncover the trigger causing them and find ways to prevent or lessen them.

A Loving Valentine's Day for Those with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/11/2016 to Daily Living Tips
The symbols and sentiments of Valentine's day are universal and are likely to be remembered and felt by the person with Alzheimer's disease.

Gift Ideas for the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/30/2015 to Dementia Activities
Games, puzzles, and books can all be great gift ideas to keep the mind of the person with Alzheimer's disease active and engaged, but traditional styles of these items are too difficult for the person.  MindStart offers many adapted alternatives of these items, that can be successfully used and enjoyed by the person with dementia and family members, too.

There is Help for Early Stage Memory Loss

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/5/2015 to Daily Living Tips
People living with early stage dementia can become frustrated about their forgetfulness interferes with daily life, such as missed appointments or events.  There is help, however, in the form of strategies that can help to aid memory and organization.