Top 5 Indoor Activities for Seniors with Dementia (For Free)

Top 5 Indoor Activities for Seniors with Dementia (For Free)

In this video, I will go over my Top 5 best indoor activities for seniors with dementia and examples of what that looks like if your loved one is walking or in a wheelchair.

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The first kind of activity you can do are聽task related. Teepa Snow talks about the importance of helping folks feel productive when they have lost the ability to organize it and I’ve found this to be profoundly true. An idea is having them help you with indoor chores. Think about what your loved one did before dementia or simply what needs to get done that your loved one can do.

For example, I’ve seen seniors with dementia fold laundry,file paperwork,mix cake mix etc. Make sure to simplify the task if needed depending on your loved one’s ability. Praise them often for how hard they are working,how much they are contributing etc. Too many people treat activities like entertainment and forget that people need to be needed as well.

The second activity is a reminiscence activity. I suggest music. As a Music therapist, I have lead hundreds if not thousands of music groups over the years. Choosing music that they listened to when you were growing up or music you know they like access memories easier and remember who they were. Make sure to encourage them to sing along, dance or clap for maximum effect.

Examples include: music listening, karaoke or dancing. All easy and accessible for anyone of any ability level.

The third activity is sensory or creativity projects. An activity where they can touch and create are very important for your loved one. It helps them focus, relax and feel productive.

For example: crafts like painting, coloring,puzzles board games etc. Make sure to adjust with ability level. If you’re still confused about how this would look, I’ve linked a Teepa Snow video on puzzles in the description.

The fourth activity is exercise, specifically yoga/ stretching. Simple exercise like In chair stretching or workouts can be done indoors and are very important to maintain your loved ones health. Check out some how to videos I have linked below on some free chair stretching and leg lifts here: Chair Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DYH5ud3zHo Video for your loved one that can move around a bit more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxxPTjGZaFU Do it together so it turns into a bonding experience.

The fifth activity is relaxation. Relaxation is important for seniors with dementia.They are overwhelmed and need unwind time like us

Examples Include: aroma-therapy,spa day, reading them a book,painting nails etc. Get inspiration from their routines before dementia or what you usually do and invite them to join you.

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7 Comments

  1. Sylvia Grimes on March 14, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    What are some ideas for a man that having moderate stage dementia and is also blind?



  2. Dementia Success Path on March 14, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    What activity are you going to use?



  3. Aimee on March 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    If I become a homemaker then how do I get money and an income to find stuff?



  4. Yolanda Regalado on March 14, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Thankyou for your ideas



  5. Nancy Mosely on March 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing…..all 5 of these ideas/resources – currently doing all & all are very good 馃憤馃榾馃憦



  6. Robert Florence on March 14, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    My mom was diagnosed with mild dementia in 2016 and now she is completely free from dementia with Dr. Rohan’s herbal supplements.. you can reach him via dr.rohanronjohn@gmail.com it may also help you.



  7. corecubed Aging Care Marketing on March 14, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas, especially the task-related activities. Maintaining purpose and meaning in life is so important for all of us, including those with dementia. Some additional fun activities are suggested in this article as well: https://www.sandiegohomecaregivers.com/engaging-activities-for-seniors/