Activity Ideas and Examples

Activities are the stuff of living.

Dementia Caregiver Activity Ideas & Examples Everything that we do each day is an activity, from waking up and dressing ourselves to our bedtime routines. When you meet someone new at a party, one of the first questions asked is “What do you do?” Their answer in many ways defines who they are, to you and to themselves. We are, to a large extent, what we do in our society. And so, for persons with memory loss, it is important to provide them with activities that are meaningful, that produce something, that they can feel good about when they succeed, and that allow them to be part of a family and a community. We should always have a meaningful purpose for any activity provided to a person with memory loss. No one likes doing “busy work,” regardless of their memory functioning.

Here are some ideas for engaging activities to use with persons with memory loss. Please let us know how you like these activities, and be sure to check back for new ideas that we will be adding regularly.

Balloon Science Experiment
This is a simple science experiment that you can try with your loved one. It involves an expanding balloon surprise and encourages your loved one to share the experiment with children.
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Hometown News
This activity consists of reading and discussing news articles that are familiar and interesting to persons with memory loss.
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Colorful Sand Bottles
This activity consists of pouring sand of various colors through a funnel into bottles for the purpose of creating unique pieces to decorate your home. Colorful sand bottles also make wonderful gifts.
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A Different Visit

A Different Visit

Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror

Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror

Montessori Methods for Dementia

Montessori Methods for Dementia