Keeping Engaged and Active

One of the challenges of caring for an individual with dementia is keeping them engaged and active.    This is a challenge because their skill levels and interest in their environment are fading.  However, it is important to try keeping them engaged because a lack of mental stimulation will lead to a faster decline.

Below, you will find a few videos with ideas on how to use inexpensive objects again and again as activities.  The first two are with Alzheimer's educator Teepa Snow.  We've linked to some of her videos in the past.  Please note in the first video that she refers to gem stones as a way to indicate at what stage of decline a patient is at.


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