A patient with dementia may not be able to engage in activities, hobbies, or games, but if he or she is provided with appropriate materials and step-by-step instructions for the patient, he or she will not only be able to participate, but also be engaged and have fun.
Behavioral problems that are common in dementia patients can be reduced if patients are given the opportunity to express themselves through art, music, or other environments. It is important to design games for dementia patients in such a way,so that it also has the added benefit of burning energy, which can help patients with dementia sleep better.
Here are some tips for choosing games for people with dementia:
What did your loved ones enjoy before they developed dementia symptoms? You will most likely continue to enjoy the same activities. Some hobbies, especially sports or potentially dangerous activities, may need to be modified in order for people with dementia to participate, but although they may not be able to climb mountains safely, they can continue to do so for a short time.
Creativity helps you find ways to change your activities. Consider all aspects of a particular interest. For example, if your boyfriend likes to play soccer with his friends on Sunday afternoons, he may want to watch football on TV with his friends.
Don't make it complicated. The more steps it takes to complete a project, the more likely a patient with dementia will be confused. Choose an activity in steps and don't forget to describe each step as simply as possible when providing directions.