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Activities for Seniors with Dementia: Fun Indoors Activities to Keep Them Engaged

 

As a loved one of someone with dementia, you want to do everything possible to keep them engaged and stimulated because they also have the desire to lead happy, fulfilling lives like the rest of us. Unfortunately, this can be difficult when the weather is bad and outdoor activities are not an option. Notwithstanding, finding ways to keep your loved one engaged will eliminate the boredom, anxiety, or anger that often attends senior mobility challenges. That's why we've put together a list of fun indoor activities for seniors with dementia! These activities will help keep them mentally stimulated and entertained.
Let’s dive in!


Play Games Like Bingo, Cards, Or Scrabble

These are really fun once you create the right atmosphere. For one, playing cards is an entertaining activity for seniors. You just have to ensure that the numbers on the cards are easy to decipher so that they don't strain their eyes. If possible opt for really colorful cards that also catch the eye of the players too.

Caregivers agree that the favorite card games for most seniors with dementia are solitaire and blackjack. Who knows, your loved one might just be a fan too. Other card games you could try include:

  • Cribbage
  • Uno
  • Skip-Bo
  • Slapjack
  • I Doubt It
  • Gin Rummy

You might also want to try bingo, especially when you have other folks around. Bingo games are great for socializing, and once you get in the thick of it, you all can get so engaged that you forget (no pun intended) how bad the weather is outside.

Plus, bingo games are great for helping your loved’s hand-eye coordination and responsiveness.

Another great game for responsiveness is Scrabble. There are some nice-looking scrabble boards with really catchy colors that could engage your loved ones while improving their alertness.

 

Watch A Movie Or Television Show Together

Now, this really works because seniors love their screen time. There is a trick to making the most of this activity, though. Dig into your archives library, or go online to get their favorite movies from yesteryears. Find out what their favorite TV shows back then were, then try to get as many recordings of them as possible.

Once that's done, get a good senior-friendly TV and binge-watch all you can. If you got the movies or the TV shows right, you'd see their faces light up with big smiles, which is a sight that you want to behold. You could even take things up a notch with some great comedy shows or movies. The older the comedies are, the easier it becomes for them to elicit laughter in your loved ones. Beyond boosting their mood, having a good hearty laugh will strengthen their immune system too. Then there is the nostalgia that they get from watching these old movies. When explored correctly, nostalgia can help you connect better with them.

 

Write Letters To Friends Or Family Members

Writing letters to friends or family members is one of the best activities for seniors with dementia. Firstly, it lets them task their brains. Having to come up with words and all that can be pretty engaging, too, because writing requires mental alertness.

Secondly, writing will allow them to express themselves in ways you never thought possible. So, in a way, it might be a therapeutic activity for them.

 

Work On Puzzles Together

One of the best ways to handle senior mobility issues is to exploit all the fun from playing puzzles. Puzzles(especially jigsaw puzzles) are great for socializing. Plus, they are also one of the best ways to stimulate the players' brains. Then again, the sense of accomplishment comes with completing a "strenuous" task.

If jigsaw puzzles don’t work for your loved ones, you could try those brightly colored puzzle cubes that kind of look like a Rubik cube. The colors are easy on the eyes, and matching the colors is also quite engaging. Other puzzles to explore include:
●    Sudoku
●    A Day at The Beach
●    Plumber Pal Pipes
●    Spring Splendour

 

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Play A Game Of Chess

Playing chess games is another great activity for helping the focus and concentration of seniors with dementia. Chess is essentially about planning great moves, which also require strategy—having to develop such a strategy improves mental function. It will be a great activity to engage your loved one at times.

 

Take A Walk Around The House Or Garden

Although taking walks around the house or garden may not be an indoor activity, it is a great way to engage your loved one.

When you walk around the house, you are exercising their bodies and giving them a change of environment.
If they are up for it, you could even take the walk as far as the garden. You might have to keep the walk short or tailor it to their peculiar strength. If your loved one is experiencing senior mobility issues, you should consider moving them around in wheelchairs or walkers. 

 

Sing Songs Together

Music has therapeutic effects. It is good for elevating moods and can be used for exercises like dancing. The right music can even help a senior with dementia to remember something. That is why you might want to play some really good “oldies“ for them. Then try as much as possible to sing along. In doing so, you'd be keeping their brains active and improving their cognitive function.

 

Read Stories Aloud

Try reading out some part of their favorite books out loud to them. The best books exercise the mind and minimize stress, enhance sleep, and improve cognitive function. If your loved one is not into books, then you might try some of their favorite magazines or anything in print that might interest them. Thankfully, the internet is a great resource that you can use. 


Conclusion

Seniors with dementia also have a right to the good things of life. It might require some caregiving, but you can help them lead fulfilling and satisfying lives with the right tips. Hopefully, this blog post provides you with insights into the best indoor activities to engage seniors with dementia.