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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.

10 Signs that Indicate Alzheimer's

Posted by on 11/8/2018 to Dementia Education
Learn about the 10 signs that may indicate you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

#RememberMe for World Alzheimer's Month 2016

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/26/2016 to Dementia Education
World Alzheimer's Month shares the worldwide statistics and issues of dementia plus helps to spread the word of how to live as well as possible, despite dementia.

Community Support for Dementia - Now with the Help of MindStart

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 9/20/2016 to Dementia Education
Many caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s do not know where to turn for help and may feel increasingly isolated.  A group of volunteers in Roseville, Minnesota is working to make sure these people receive the resources and support they need  - and now with the added support of MindStart.

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.

Honoring Pat Summitt: A Coaching Legend and Winning Alzheimer's Advocate

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/5/2016 to Dementia Education
Pat Summit - one of the most winning coaches in NCAA history - passed away last week from the effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Her winning philosophy and work will live on through the foundation she and her son created.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When 'Picking' at Things Becomes an Issue with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 10/11/2015 to Daily Living Tips

I have heard more than one caregiver explain how the person with Alzheimer's in their care is picking at their skin or their hair, to the point of becoming bloody or even getting a bald spot. Covering the affected area can help, but sometimes just plain old "hands-on work" is what will work best.

The Benefits of Music for Both Caregivers and the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 8/3/2015 to Daily Living Tips
If caregivers can find a few minutes each day to incorporate some easy holistic health methods, such as music, they can help stay well and prevent health issues that might arise from the prolonged stress of caregiving of the person with Alzheimer's disease.