Hobbies to Encourage Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s to Try

No matter what diseases your senior mom or dad are struggling with they will need hobbies to help with mental health. This means even if your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s they should find some hobbies that interest them because this boosts quality of life and happiness. Your seniors may not know what they like to do or they may not remember, but that’s okay. If they have help from Alzheimer’s care services, these professionals can help teach your senior loved one how to do a new hobby or gently remind them how to do something that they once had done and that they loved.

Here are some hobbies your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s may like to do.

Coloring or Painting

Alzheimer's Care Madera CA - Hobbies to Encourage Your Loved One with Alzheimer's to Try

Alzheimer’s Care Madera CA – Hobbies to Encourage Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s to Try

There are many paint-by-numbers or coloring books for adults. This is not an activity that is reserved for kids but for anyone with an interest in art. Not all seniors with dementia will remember how to draw so coloring can be a good way for them to express themselves without feeling frustrated. Paint-by-numbers can be challenging but you can find different ones that go from easy to hard and with various pictures to paint. This can be a fun activity for many seniors. If they like to draw by hand, allow them to do that with a sketchbook. Alzheimer’s care aides can assist them with this activity.

Watching Nature

Whether it is sitting outside to study trees and flowers, or observing bumble bees and birds, your senior loved one may enjoy being outside. There are many reasons Alzheimer’s care recommends a person sit outside to enjoy nature. It is one of the best ways to feel refreshed and focused and boost a senior’s mood. Your loved one still needs fresh air and sunshine to live a healthy life. They may not be able to walk around their neighborhood much anymore, but they can sit on their deck to enjoy everything the outside offers.

Finding Nature Documentaries

On cold days it can be a hard battle to get someone to sit outside. It may not be comfortable for them and they may become aggravated when suggesting it. If it is too cold or your loved one is having a bad day, Alzheimer’s care aides can try turning on a nature documentary instead. These are informative, beautiful, and can capture your loved one’s attention. There is usually no violence in these films and they are easy to follow. Keep in mind that your loved one may enjoy many different movies too, it doesn’t have to be nature!

Listening to Music

Listening to music can bring joy to someone’s day even if they are struggling with a progressive disease like dementia. Your loved one may love the trumpet, piano, or violin and they should continue to listen to music! If they can still play an instrument, allow them to use one during their free time. Music can help Alzheimer’s care providers understand how a person is feeling based on what they choose to listen to and play. This is also one of the best forms of expression without the need for words.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s Care Services in Madera CA, please get in touch with the caring staff at Everlight Home Care today. Call us at 559-353-2847.

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