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Memory-Building Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Watching an elderly loved one face challenges resulting from dementia can be difficult for the entire family. You may not be able to reverse the effects of dementia, but certain activities may help slow down the progression of the disease and also give your loved one some pleasure and satisfaction at the same time. Try some of these memory-building activities, as suggested by the staff at Home Care Assistance in Summit, NJ.

Bingo

In addition to being simple to understand and fun to play, bingocan increase alertness and awareness in seniors with dementia, stimulating memory, the thought process, and other cognitive abilities. Matching the colors and shapes in the game can help trigger your loved one’s memory,and the effects often last for several hours after the game is finished.

Computer Games

Several computer games have been developed to build new neurological connections in diseased brains, which can be beneficial to keeping the brain active in seniors with dementia. These games can help stimulate attention and cognition, and many can be programmed to meet the needs of whatever stage of dementia your loved one is in. Some games that may be good for your loved one to try include Smart brain, Brain Fitness, and Brain Age.

Memory

Traditionally a children’s game simply called “Memory,”seniors with dementia can also play this game. Cards, each of which has a matching partner, are laid facedown on a table and people take turns turning over one card at a time, trying to remember where the match to the card was. When cards are matched, they are removed from the table. Regular participation in this game can help stimulate your loved one’s memory.

Music

Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities for seniors with dementia. Just listening to a familiar song can evoke emotion and bring forth memories, and pairing music with everyday activities can also help your loved one develop a rhythm to recall the memory of each activity. If your loved one’s dementia is not too far advanced, encourage him or her to learn how to play a new instrument or learn the lyrics to a song. This can cause new brain connections to be made and can slow down the progress or dementia.

Seniors in the early stages of dementia may retain most of their cognitive abilities and lead a normal life, but if your loved one is in the advanced stages of dementia, he or she may benefit from hourly or live-in home care services. For trusted Summit dementia care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are all trained in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which promotes cognitive functioning by using fun and interactive brain-boosting games. To find out more about our dementia care services, call a knowledgeable Care Manager at 908.450.9400 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.