Staying active and engaged in life is our motto! As one ages staying active in any way you can and engaged with others is vital to a healthy life.
If you are caring for someone with dementia or physical impairment it is sometimes challenging to figure out how to keep the person active or engaged. Taking a few minutes to figure out or find out what a person likes to do and then modifying it can make a world of difference for you and your loved one.
For example men often like to assemble or fix things. Many older men with memory impairment are frustrated because they can no longer fix pipe or put together an item from a box. If we find something that the person can do such as one pipe that has to be screwed into another one and then couple more elbows the person can put that together and feel like he or she is accomplishing something.
Sometimes referred to as adult Legos the items are loose in box and can be assembled as two pieces or three or even four depending on what your loved one is able to do. Once he puts it together then have him take it apart and do it again like a puzzle.
Always treat everyone with respect and dignity. Be creative and figure out an activity that your loved one can do that does not hurt feelings or make him feel less than.