Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. This disease is named after Alois Alzheimer, who discovered it in 1906. This degenerative and an incurable Alzheimer's disease occurs amongst people aged above 65 years.
Families, relatives and friends know that taking care of such patients is challenging. Spending everyday with them is demanding in terms of looking after their safety, addressing new issues and dealing with their growing frustration. Activities for Alzheimer's patients are meant to keep them engaged in productive ways to help them cope with the disease.
If you make them cut the paper pieces, draw and add more activities, as they are likely to get frustrated and express a long-lasting bout of anger. Thus, be very patient, and avoid any complications while working with such patients.
Reading and Comprehension
Reading and comprehension are some good activities for these patients. Read out loud to them, or let them read it aloud. Once you have finished reading, try comprehending through questions. Preferably, use a book that has pictures in them, so that the patient has a visual impact too.
Reading with the patients, is also a way of bonding with them. Spending time with such patients, through various activities, helps these patients to remember you better through association and the activities you do together.
Doing this on a routine basis, will help them remember the necessary things, like where are the clothes kept, where is the TV remote, where is the washing machine and so on. However, do keep in mind the safety factor while doing such activities with Alzheimer's patients.
Most of us think, that Alzheimer's patients do not suffer from boredom or never experience excitement. Many of us live with a notion that these patients can go on staring at a wall for hours and hours without a display of a single emotion. However, this isn't true at all.