Why is this so important? The reasons are many:
- The 'use it or lose it' phenomena - the person may decline faster if he or she is not using their skills.
- Engaging in activity uses energy in a positive way - and can help minimize or avoid negative response behaviors later.
- Humans by nature have a need to do things and to be productive. This does not change for the person with dementia. An activity adapted to the right level gives the person success and a sense of accomplishment.
- They open a door for family and friends to have enjoyable moments together.