A person with dementia lives in confusion every day. In the early stages of dementia, they can lose interest in most activities. Maybe they just want to be left alone.
But they are still social creatures. You still have a desire to feel needed and useful. They may forget quickly and have trouble controlling their moods, but still want to do something useful.
One of the best ways to feel better about yourself is to help others. Doing something to make someone else's day better can help dementia patients find value in their own lives. You can also surprize them with gifts and they can enjoy a new box with fun & adapted activities.
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As a dementia caregiver, you should enable these activities and perhaps participate with your loved ones. If you have young children, they can be a beneficiary of your business, or you can find a homeless shelter, nursing home, or other place that may need help.
Here are some ideas to try:
Prepare for a treasure hunt.
This could be as simple as taking a shallow container like a cardboard box or children's pool, some treasures (coins, small toys, etc.) and some sand and burying the items the kids find.
Or, if you want to be more complex, you can create a series of clues and hide them in a room or house. Each lead leads to the next and you will end up hiding the price or price.
Dementia patients can help by hiding clues or burying treasure and then watching the children hunt.