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Enjoy the Changing Seasons or Playing Cards and Games with Someone with Alzheimer’s

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When you go visit someone you love who has Alzheimer’s, do you wonder what you are going to do? Here are some some great Brain-Stretching activities that you both might enjoy. Just remember the cardinal rule: if your loved one gets stressed out or frustrated, stop doing what you are doing. Shared experiences are meant to be a pleasure, not a trial.

Playing games or cards:

Many people who were long time game players miss their games and some people who never had any previous interest can find games appealing.

  • Suggest to your granddad that you play a game. Be sure to pick several that he knows, like dominoes, cribbage or pinochle. Some games that your granddad played when he was a child might appeal to him. This includes Go Fish, War or Old Maid (which could be lots of fun for granddad if he has a great sense of humor). If he was a member of a card club, he will enjoy playing those games.
  • If your mother used to love playing bridge, but she has trouble remembering the rules or keeping up with what is going on, play on teams. Then she will have partner to assist her.
  • Bingo is many people’s favorite because it is is as much about being with other players as much as about the game. It’s also a great memory exerciser. Check the newspaper or online to find bingo games all over town at community centers, churches and assisted-living facilities. If this was a favorite, your pop can tell you where he would like to go play.

Celebrating the season:

With the change of seasons, you can come up with ideas about holidays, birthdays or the new season itself.

  • At home you can help your aunt decorate for the season. She may not be able to do the work herself, but she might enjoy deciding what she wants and where.  One thing to remember is that you don’t want to change her home too much or she may become disoriented. Decorate, but don’t clutter.
  • Together you can do some arts and crafts to create a decoration for the season or as a table centerpiece.
  • Go to religious services and seasonal performances. You will want to attend low-key performances on middle of the week afternoons to create a less stressful outing. Don’t go to evening performances if this is the time your uncle’s confusion grows.
  • Go for a walk or take a drive. Your Nana will appreciate an excursion allowing her to enjoy the scenery or see holiday decorations.

What sort of activities and games do you play with your loved one?

Stanton Lawson is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions. Sequoia’s mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families, by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Sequoia’s focus is to keep you or your loved ones at home and avoid:

  • Loss of friends and possessions
  • Loss of independence and freedom
  • Loss of spirit which is drained by the battles of daily living

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  1. Great ideas- just remember to play 52 pickup before you leave (clean up) and say- this was fun, when would you like to do it again?

  2. Stanton Lawson

     /  October 31, 2011

    You have a great idea there, Roy. I specially like calling the clean up 52 pick up. It works with kids, too, if I recall correctly. I am glad to see that Television is showing the occasional person with Alzheimer’s so we can quit being so frightened of them. Thanks for writing.

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