The Alzheimer’s Association states that the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s, which accounts for up to 80 percent of dementia cases. Dementia frequently causes seniors to withdraw from family and friends, as well as stop participating in activities that they used to enjoy. If these relationships and interests remain intact, the effects of severe cognitive impairment can be reduced.
Cognitive skills refer to an individual’s mental capability. These capabilities help us process the information we receive from our five senses. Our cognitive skills allow us to draw from our memories. Cognitive skills encompass every aspect of knowing, including awareness, reasoning, perception, intuition, knowledge and judgment. Without cognitive skills, we would not be able to talk, think, read or learn.
We also need cognitive skills to:
- Analyze images and sounds perceived by our senses.
- Draw associations from numerous pieces of information.
As Time Passes, the Symptoms of Dementia Become Worse
Although memory loss is mild in the early stages of dementia, these symptoms worsen over time. As time passes, an individual’s ability to respond to people or surroundings, or carry on conversations may be affected. For this reason, Georgetown Home Care clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have activities incorporated into their daily routines.
Remaining Active Helps People with Alzheimer’s
It is essential that seniors perform activities they enjoyed prior to their diagnosis. Participating in familiar activities can encourage self-expression, stir up memories, lessen the irritability and anxiety frequently experienced with Alzheimer’s, promote emotional connections and help an individual feel more active. However, because Alzheimer’s affects an individual’s senses and behavior, some of the activities a senior previously enjoyed may cause frustration now.
Everyday Activities can Make a Senior’s Cognitive Skills Stronger
Meaningful conversation is one of the most important activities a senior can engage in. When we ask for advice or encourage an elderly loved one to voice his or her opinion, the mind is stimulated; additionally, he or she experiences a sense of self-worth.
By slightly changing an everyday activity, cognitive skills can be enhanced. One example includes switching hands while performing activities like writing, dialing the telephone or brushing teeth.
Georgetown Creates Meaningful Activities Tailored to Each Client
Because every client is unique, meaningful activities will vary from one client to the next.
Activities Caregivers May Incorporate Into Your Loved One’s Program
- Easy arts and crafts – knitting, drawing, scrapbooking, creating mosaics using colored paper or tiles, photography and painting.
- Playing music and/or singing songs.
- Performing simple household tasks – wiping the table, sweeping, folding laundry, organizing drawers and closets. Completing these tasks offers seniors a sense of accomplishment.
- Cooking or baking simple recipes.
- Tending a garden.
- Watching family videos and/or looking at family pictures.
- Rediscovering the books a client previously enjoyed and/or reading the newspaper.
- Card games, Dominoes, Scrabble and Sudoku.
- Chess and checkers.
- Crossword puzzles, word searches and jigsaw puzzles.
At Georgetown Home Care, we know the importance of keeping seniors active. We strive to improve our clients’ quality of life and prevent or slow the progression of conditions like dementia. If you or a loved one is in need of home care, contact Georgetown Home Care today and schedule your complimentary assessment.