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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.

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.

How Common Is Alzheimer's?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 11/1/2017 to Dementia Awareness
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.  Follow us througout this month to learn something new and to increase your understanding about this disease.  On this post, learn about how common Alzheimer's disease is.

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.
        

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.

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.

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.