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.