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Offering Mental Stimulation for a Senior Loved One with Alzheimer’s

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

Seniors with Alzheimer’s can find some relief from their symptoms if they have plenty of opportunities for cognitive stimulation. Lehigh Valley, PA, Alzheimer’s home care experts have a few suggestions for some mentally stimulating activities you and your aging loved one can try.

Provide Sorting Activities

Almost any activity where a senior has to sort and group items can help him or her combat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. These types of games and challenges give your loved one control while exercising different areas of his or her brain. Some of the items your loved one can sort include socks, dominoes, puzzle pieces, poker chips, and silverware. During each activity, have your loved one sort the items according to different categories like size, shape, or color.

Start an Indoor Garden

During the later stages of Alzheimer’s, maintaining an outdoor garden can be incredibly difficult. Nurturing a small indoor garden provides many of the same mental benefits as planting an outdoor garden, but the plants require just a fraction of the upkeep. Create a list of daily gardening tasks for your loved one that includes watering the plants, pruning dead leaves, and adding compost to the soil.

Write Letters

As long as your loved one does not become frustrated when he or she tries to remember the names of family and friends, he or she should attempt to write a few letters a month. These letters can challenge your loved one’s cognitive abilities and even provide him or her with some social stimulation. If your loved one has limited dexterity, you might want to have him or her dictate the letter to you. Your loved one can then sign the card or personalize it in other ways to make it more unique. 

Get a Pet Fish

A fish is an excellent pet for seniors with cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s. These aquatic animals give owners a sense of responsibility, but they require very little in the way of nurturing. Just like with indoor plants, you can create a checklist so your loved one knows when to feed the fish and how often to change the water.

Another way to provide the mental stimulation your loved one needs is by hiring a professional Alzheimer’s caregiver from Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are trained in our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. For more information on the elder care Lehigh Valley families trust, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 484-350-3874 to request a free in-home consultation.