Alzheimer's Disease affects people in different ways. Rather than focusing on the disease and impairment, we should aim to identify each person's strengths and remaining abilities and find activities to support these.
Alzheimer's disease progresses slowly and typically in 3 stages: early-stage (mild), middle-stage(moderate), and late-stage (severe).
The rate at which the disease progresses varies from person to person. Some may live as long as 15 years with Alzheimer's Disease whilst others less than half of that. The average life expectancy is around 8 years from diagnosis.
This article concentrates on activities for people living with late-stage Alzheimer's Disease.
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Significant emotional and behavioural changes occur at this stage. Changes include:
The care needs for clients living with late-stage Alzheimer's Disease concentrate on preserving dignity, comfort and quality of life. Activities should focus on the senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste.
Activities for late stage Alzheimer's should be stimulating but without challenges. Choose activities that are repetitive and divide them into small tasks. Conduct activities with compassion, patience, sensitivity, and respect.
Realistic expectations are important. Don't feel disheartened if motivation/engagement is not there when an activity is offered, come back and try again later.
Always consult with clinical senior staff before running activities for clients with late-stage dementia.
The following activities are one-on-one and should be offered in bursts of 15 minutes.
Take into consideration the background of each client to search for themes that might please, alert or engage them.
Consult with clinical senior staff regarding the health status of each client before activity. Be aware that clients may place inappropriate items in their mouths; supervision at all times is necessary.
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Promote recognition of colours. Develop motor skills.
Improve dexterity and promote dimension discerning
Matching colour games can be made from coloured buttons, milk bottle tops, coloured wooden blocks, pom-poms or you can recycle incomplete games such as chess.
This activity is suitable for people with dementia or Alzheimers. You can use socks, playing cards, picture matching Games etc
20 activities for the elderly with dementia. The following ideas may be used on a one-to-one basis and others may be suitable for small groups depending on their abilities. These dementia activities are designed to promote and maintain existing skills.
Make your own sensory quilts to ease agitated or restless clients.
Thank you Chantal for this wonderful idea!
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