If you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it can be hard to help them navigate their memory loss journey and find comfort and control in their day-to-day battle. Seniors can engage in many memory care activities to help their confidence and cognitive function and distract them from their struggles. While nothing will recover their memory loss, giving these seniors a better quality of life – and keeping them engaged – as they live out their golden years is invaluable. The team at Westminster Place is happy to answer any questions you have about memory care services and activities for seniors with dementia.
Memory Care Activities for Seniors
Memory care activities are not about winning at a game or even completing an activity. Instead, it’s about going through the process of just doing something. The goal is to get the person suffering from memory loss engaged and occupied so that they are less frustrated with their situation. Choose activities to help them live in the moment and focus on that task you’ve put in front of them. This keeps their mind from thinking about what they don’t know, can’t do, or are having trouble remembering.
Help a senior struggling with memory issues to get a small bit of control over their lives through activities like:
While it’s not for everyone, it’s a great activity because it is tactile and repetitive to keep the mind focused and engaged with a simple task.
Music can be a powerful tool. Just listening to music can connect them to memories, and singing can be a happy way to express themselves and change their mindset.
Arts and Crafts
Expressing yourself through visual arts can stimulate the mind in a positive way. Putting pen or paint to paper (in any form) or creating a personalized collage from family photos and favorite magazines.
It may seem silly, but this simple and repetitive activity creates a feeling of accomplishment and independence.
Tie them or untie them. This tactile memory care activity provides excellent sensory stimulation and can even get creative when seniors try and make up their own knots. Untying can be just as fun as trying to tie them.
As long as they are not too tricky, puzzles are popular with older adults, and they are a great activity to help keep the mind trained on finding pieces and putting them in their place, which can be a very satisfactory feeling.
These are great to work on as a family unit if possible. Everyone can contribute memorabilia or things that signify milestones in a loved one’s life. They are a great tool to pull out when a senior suffering from dementia is having an especially hard day.
Whatever activities you choose to take part in with a senior battling dementia, be sure to keep a few things in mind:
- Take the senior’s individual needs into consideration
- Create consistent routines
- Remember that while structure is good, activities can be in the moment, and spontaneity may be what your senior craves
- Set expectations and keep activities simple and brief
- Plan activities for when they are most alert during the day
- Focus on the activity, not the outcome
Memory Care at Westminster Place
Westminster Place’s dedicated memory care facility is called The Harbor. The Harbor offers comfortable apartment living in a community designed just for residents dealing with dementia or
Alzheimer’s disease. This secure facility has its own courtyard and garden, gourmet dining, and many memory care and general activities to enjoy.
Residents at The Harbor enjoy:
- Comfortable single apartments, each with a private bathroom
- Communal dining in a spacious restaurant-style room
- An on-staff culinary director
- Daily housekeeping
- Available laundry services
- Cable and internet included
- Staff available for all their needs like chaplain services and a social worker
- 24/7 emergency services are available
- An on-site beauty salon and barbershop
- Private outdoor spaces
- A variety of memory care programming and activities
Reach Out to Westminster Place for More About Memory Care
Westminster Place offers a safe, secure, and peaceful memory care facility in beautiful Longview, Texas. Memory care residents have a home away from home with the benefit of around-the-clock care and services. If you are a family member or caregiver, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is happy and well cared for.
A continuum of care is offered at Westminster Place so that if your care needs change over time, you can adjust your senior living arrangements within the same community. We offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and respite care services.
If you are ready to help your loved one get the level of care, attention, support, and respect that they deserve, then contact our team at 855.952.5640 to learn more about memory care today.