This blog post will provide helpful insights about the different stages of dementia that could help guide you in choosing the best activities for your partner living with dementia.
The most important thing to remember for all activities is that they should be individualized and based on your partner's interests and abilities.
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Their procedural memory is typically still intact.
Biggest thing to keep in mind: They usually have impaired judgment and decreased safety awareness requiring at least distant supervision.
They can are typically really good with gross motor movements and using their hands to manipulate objects as long it doesn't require heavy fine motor skills. They are also typically really good with tasks that require repetitive movements.
Biggest things to keep in mind:
They may not be able to say too many words, if any at all. Their balance and stability may not be too great, so they may be heavily reliant on adaptive equipment if they can still walk, or they may require support to sit upright or even hold their head up or they may be completely bed bound.
They may or may not still have some gross motor abilities that would enable them to move their body voluntarily.
Biggest thing to keep in mind: We will have to tap into the senses and focus on creating an experience. There will typically be no definitive beginning or end to the activity.
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