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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.

Dementia Activities: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/14/2017 to Dementia Activities
Learn some fun facts about Saint Patrick's Day that you can discuss, plus activities to make the day more fun for the person with dementia. 

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.

Why Puzzles for Seniors?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/25/2017 to Dementia Activities
Jigsaw puzzles have many benefits for seniors, including challenging the mind and opportunities for socializing with others.  And puzzles come in all sizes and with many different types of images, including large pieces puzzles that are easier to set.

Valentine's Activities for Dementia Patients

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/20/2017 to Dementia Activities
We have rounded up 5 Valentine's Day activities that are perfect for patients with dementia.  Tips for adapting the activities for lower levels, plus the benefits of each activity, are included.

Thanksgiving Activity for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/16/2016 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.

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.
        

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.

Patriotic Activities for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/1/2016 to Dementia Activities
There are many American patriotic holidays throughout the year, such as the 4th of July and Memorial Day. Patriotic songs and events can be memories that remain and that can be tapped into with the person with dementia. Use these ideas for activities to celebrate and recognize these patriotic holidays.

'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.

Throwback Thursday - Reminiscing for Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/3/2016 to Dementia Activities
This Throwback Thursday is different than others you know - it has specific ideas you can use to reminisce about the old times with the person with dementia!

Surprise Swirl Cake Activity

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 2/19/2016 to Dementia Activities
This swirl cake activity can be adapted for different stages of dementia and has a fun surprise inside!

MindStart Activities: So Appropriate for Where Mom's At in Her Life with Dementia

Posted by on 2/6/2016 to Dementia Activities
MindStart activities allow a sense of normalcy and of purpose for the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia, as the person successfully uses abilities that still remain.

Celebrate National Puzzle Day

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 1/28/2016 to Dementia Activities

Puzzles are not only fun, they also have many benefits.  The MindStart puzzles are the perfect fit for the person with Alzheimer's, with their simplified and adult images.