Outdoor Activities for Elderly People with Dementia

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Fun Outdoor Activities for Seniors with Dementia

By Lesa Hardiman, 9:00 am on

Some seniors living with dementia still have the ability to participate in a variety of recreational pursuits. Being included in outdoor activities can help your elderly loved one retain a sense of independence and responsibility. Here are some outdoor activities a senior with dementia can enjoy, brought to you by the dementia care experts at Grand Rapids Home Care Assistance.

Trips to the Zoo or Petting Farms 

When providing dementia care for Grand Rapids seniors, going to the zoo can be a form of therapy. Seniors living with dementia may consider some animals as companions, and watching these creatures roam may help alleviate dementia symptoms. You can sit back and watch as your loved one interacts with the animals and keep his or her mind stimulated by discussing animal facts. You may want to avoid zoo animals that could scare your loved one such as:

• Large spiders
• Octopus 
• Snakes and other reptiles

Picnics

When at a picnic, your loved one will be surrounded by the great outdoors, as well as a variety of smells, sounds, and people, which can help stimulate memory. Perhaps the flowers remind your loved one of a time spent in the garden or the sounds may bring forth a memory from his or her childhood. 

Outdoor Concerts 

Music can help calm the aggressive traits often found in seniors with dementia. Outdoor concerts can be a great way to make your loved one feel more lively, as this activity can encourage him or her to dance and have fun. 

Flying Kites 

Dementia can be difficult on your loved one and other family members, especially children your loved one may have no memory of. Flying kites can be a great way to involve your loved one and child in a fun activity they can enjoy together.

Some seniors with dementia may need help performing tasks around the home. For dementia and Alzheimer’s care Grand Rapids families trust, reach out to Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are trained in the revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program that can help slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our senior care services means your loved one will always be safe and comfortable in our hands. For more information, call an experienced Care Manager today at 616-243-0835 to schedule a free in-home consultation.