Adults who get bored have a tendency to look for activities to engage them mentally or even physically. When children are bored, they turn to their imagination (or at least parents would hope they can). What about when a senior who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is suddenly finding himself bored all the time?
It often means there isn’t enough stimulation in their life. For somebody dealing with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, mental stimulation may not seem all that important, especially at this point in their life. Though he or she might expect to live another eight or 10 years after diagnosis (Alzheimer’s Association), memory loss will become much more significant.
While many people understand mental stimulation is important to help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, what’s the point once a person has been diagnosed?
There are actually research studies indicating the benefits of mental stimulation.
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation has determined that mentally stimulating activities can help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s for a matter of months or even years.
That means when a person with Alzheimer’s is feeling bored, uninspired, or unstimulated, there are opportunities for them to reengage with things that can get them thinking, being creative, and even strategizing.
Consider strategic thinking games.
Doing the crossword puzzle, especially a more complicated one, will get the brain working overtime. For a person who has never done the crossword puzzle before, it can be difficult to get into the swing of things, but starting with something simple, learning how the puzzles are put together, how clues are formed, is a great way to avoid excessive frustration.
Playing chess is also a wonderful game and activity millions of people around the world enjoy. The senior doesn’t need to go to a local park or mall to find willing participants; there are many online gaming rooms and activities they can participate in to find people at their level.
They might also take part in arts and crafts.
Learning to paint, play a new instrument, or even write a book are all activities that can bring more mental stimulation for somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. If they are bored, talking about how bored they are, and wish there was something more they can do than sit around and watch TV or do nothing at all, there are many activities and they can be incredibly beneficial for slowing the progression of memory loss.
Call a home care services provider today to see how they can help with activities.
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