You're looking after someone who has dementia. You spend the entire day with them. They're in a state of agitation. They're on the go. They are eager to get started. What do you do for a living? So, let's pretend they're 75 years old. You don't want to engage in juvenile behavior. You don't want to do something that will be more difficult for them. As a result, we were familiar with their routine once more. What do they prefer to do in their spare time? What did they do before? Is it really essential for you to try to persuade them to try something new? The other option is to adapt the activity to their current location. Let's pretend they used to paint.
Isn't it true that you have to be aware of it? As a result, you'll need to find out what works and what doesn't, so read through the samples. Isn't that what people used to do when they had to do household chores? Have you ever had a stay-at-home mother who liked cooking and worked around the house? They may no longer be able to follow a recipe, but think what they could do. Is using a knife safe for them? Allow him to cut everything he wants. They like to bake.
Right there on high-quality paper. They may not be able to do what they used to, but there is a way to make it work. So you might do a Paint-by-numbers, or you might use less colors, or you might not have as vast a canvas. How is it that they are still able to produce and perform at their previous levels? Another consideration is whether or not they were a skilled painter. They may no longer want to do it because they believe they do not want to do it.
Well, maybe they can't measure all the ingredients, but it doesn't mean that you can't put it in a measuring cup, hand it to them and let them pour it in the bowl, turn on the mixer and then let them mix it right. How can you get them involved at a level that they're able to do it? If they're not able to follow a recipe, don't ask them to do that. It's going to make them more frustrated and more agitated. So where are they? What can they do? The thing to remember is that as the disease progresses, they're probably not going to be able to do as much. So maybe now they can pour the sugar into the measuring cup. Next year they might not be able to do that, but they might be able to mix right.
So you have to keep adapting. Did they fold laundry? You know, maybe they can't go down and they can't use the washing machine, and they can't figure that out, but if you bring a basket of laundry up they can fold it. Does it have to be perfect?
Now you can refold it. You know, they can match socks or maybe fold towels. If they do have very short-term memory, you can have them fold that, get them involved in something else, and then come back and mess up all the towels and they can fold them again. The object here is to keep them busy, to keep them happy, to keep them involved in something because if they're not involved, it could get agitated. They might start to wander, you know, they might start moving around and falling. If they don't have something to do, you know, you give them the plates, let them put the plates down, then give them the forks and let them put the fork stone again. It doesn't matter if they're in the right place. They like to exercise, take a walk with them, they like to dance They like to play tennis, and they can still do that. They like to do yard work. They can weed and water, but they can't get down and actually do yard work. They need to be supervised step by step directions, and you'll need to be there to help them, but they can still do that. There are all kinds of activities that you can adapt. You just have to try them one at a time.