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Fun Activities for Seniors with Dementia

It has been long proven that seniors who engage in playing brain games and doing activities that can stimulate the brain to function have lower risks of the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In fact, brain games for seniors can help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, there are already seniors who are already suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Are there still fun games or activities that they can do for them to enjoy? Games are not only designed and made for seniors who do not have any medical conditions. Games and activities for seniors can help in stimulating seniors’ minds, improve social relationships through better social interactions, and it can improve the over-all wellbeing of seniors.

Card Games for Seniors with Dementia

Card Games for Seniors with Dementia

Most seniors have tried and enjoyed playing various card games earlier in their lives. That is why, card games is one of the most usual game seniors want to play. In some cases, where certain seniors are suffering from dementia, they will have a hard time learning new games. It is advisable to let seniors with dementia play games that they are already familiar with, and that is card games. Seniors with dementia may enjoy sorting the deck of cards according to suit (spades, clubs, diamonds, or hearts), number (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19, Jack, Queen, King, or Ace), or color (red or black).

Word Games for Seniors with Dementia

Word games are not only limited to be played by seniors who are not suffering from any memory disorders, such as dementia. Yes, dementia is characterized with memory loss. However, seniors with dementia can still enjoy playing word games, even if it requires them to use their memories. In word games for seniors, make sure that the words or phrases you are going to use are those that seniors are very familiar with. Word games can include letting seniors fill in the missing word, such as:

  • Que Sera Sera. Whatever will be ____ be.
  • How much is that doggy in the ______, arf arf!
  • Happy birthday to you, Happy ________ to you!

Picture Games for Seniors with Dementia

All seniors love to reminisce their younger years. That is why, seniors will really find playing picture games fun and enjoyable. For seniors with dementia, they can still enjoy picture games. You can show familiar pictures that were very famous to seniors during their younger years (movie stars, famous places, cars, clothing, food ). Seniors playing picture games can be a great brain, whether they are suffering from dementia or not. Picture games are also a great way to help stimulate brain function of seniors suffering from dementia, for seniors are encouraged to remember and think on what the picture is all about.