Keeping your loved one engaged
If the person you are caring for is already taking medication to help slow the progression of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, such as NAMENDA (memantine HCl), then you are already helping to manage the disease. There is no evidence that NAMENDA prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. But, there may be more you can do. Healthy living may help the person you are caring for feel better and improve his or her quality of life.
Did you know that adding engaging activities may help stimulate your loved one's mind? You'll also benefit from these activities as a caregiver by having something meaningful to do together.
Some shared activities may include:
Reminiscing with old photos, music and home videos, which can help inspire your loved one to remember and talk about his/her past. Talking about events and people may stimulate memories. In addition, reminiscing can create a sense of safety and familiarity.
Crafts and hobbies can help tap into creativity. Try making a scrapbook with old photos and mementos.
Musical activities, like singing and watching musicals, can stimulate memory and well-being.
Outdoor activities and contact with nature, like gardening or taking brief walks,
can provide physical exercise, fresh air and stimulation of sight, sound, smell
and touch. Also, a fish tank with beautiful, multicolored fish swimming can bring
nature right into your home.
Being reminded of seasonal activities is a good way to stay active and engaged throughout the year. If you or your loved one is living in a community-dwelling environment or assisted-living facility, these activity cards offer fun and engaging activities that can be done with friends and family.
Download Community-Dwelling Activity Cards
Download Assisted-Living Activity Cards