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  1. The person you care for may enjoy some activities over others. They may be more likely to participate in an activity that they take interest in. It is also helpful to consider the type of work or activities that they used to do in the past. For example, if they used to work on a boat, they may enjoy trips to a local lake or river to see the water.

  2. Try and involve the person you care for in activities that involve others their own age. They may be lonely or bored with the same activities that they always do. Many local community centers offer programs designed for seniors. Additionally, look into adult day care or respite programs which can provide companionship and activity. If possible, try and find programs that have others who are at the same level of disease progression as the person you care for.

  3. Try and encourage the person you care for to do activities that they are good at and that they can do independently. They will be more likely to participate and it will remind them of their vitality.

  4. Before starting an activity, make sure that the person you care for has used the bathroom, and is not tired or hungry. This will help to ensure that the person you care for has the energy, and is less likely to become agitated and frustrated midway through the activity and quit.

  5. You may have an easier time persuading or reminding the person you care for to participate in a recreational or leisure activity at an established time during the day. Creating this routine helps to provide consistency and may make it easier for them to remember their activities.

  6. If the person you care for is complaining that that hobby or activity is too difficult or tiring, consider breaking it up into more manageable parts. For example, if they enjoy golfing, one day go to the driving range, another day practice putting and on another day have them play a few holes.

  7. Because of memory impairments, the person you care for may simply forget they were doing an activity, and leave mid way through, or not think to initiate an activity. It is helpful to prompt or give a gentle reminder to the person you care for to start an activity or to resume it.

  8. Create a den - a place where the person with dementia is happy, has their favourite books, etc. and is able to concentrate on activities.

See Also:
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Following Instructions
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Interest/Initiative (lack of)
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Personality Changes
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Irritability/ Frustration
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Independence
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
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