Caregiver Activity Ideas

Activity ideas for caregivers are meant to help inspire caregivers to refresh their spirit, and to boost the loved one’s interest in something they used to like to do.

Find pages on this site where caregivers can discover something that will put a spark in their daily caring routine.

Remember COVID-19 may impact activities that can happen and how.

Depending on the progress of memory loss, and changing physical abilities, our loved ones will gravitate towards those activities they prefer or are able to do.

Early in dementia, activities requiring relevant cognitive capability are often successful. Over time, abilities change and thus the activities offered later work better when suited to capability and attention span. Caregivers will be able to determine ‘what works’ from daily observations.

See also links to specific activity pages on this site.


The contributed suggestion ‘Games,’ taken from Activities topic on the Caregiver Tips page suggests games that might motivate a loved one to be engaged in life.

GAMES: Different games can keep a loved one socially engaged and interested in his surroundings. Suggestions may not apply to everyone – consider the cognitive ability level and compatibility with game difficulties.

Jenga, Checkers, Uno (with big cards), Go-Fish, Solitaire, Sorry, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, Guess-the-Sound -YouTube has videos (you can pause the video while loved ones guess), Look through picture books and play I Spy.

You can add more here if you know a game. ~Facebook Canadian Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group

These lists will help you get started making your own meaningful list.
(See also Activities on Caregiver Tips page.)

OUTDOORS:

  • Feed and watch the birds
  • Help in the garden
  • Play bocce ball or horseshoes
  • Sit in park, take in sunshine
  • Take a walk
  • Visit with friends, neighbours on the patio…safe distancing
  • Wash sliding door or other reachable windows
  • Watch dogs at the dog park
  • Water plants in the yard

INDOORS:

  • Caregiver, or loved one, read parts of favourite or new stories
  • Dry the dishes, put dishes away
  • Listen to favourite music
  • Look at photo albums
  • Look at pictures in books
  • Look at special TV program together
  • Paint, draw, colour
  • Play games, cards (see ‘GAMES‘ above)
  • Set the table
  • Sing favourite songs (see Sing Along)
  • Sort and/or fold laundry
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor

Caregiver Exercises – a number of videos, tai chi, chair exercises, for those who want to have a video easy to find so they can exercise and get on with the day.

Falls Prevention – Steps to be taken to make a home dementia friendly and personal aspects to consider to prevent falling as much as possible.

Music, Radio and Audio – Encouraging caregivers to make their own playlists, video lists, or old radio programs of favourites to return to when quickly needed. You can copy/paste links into your own word page and save it for future use.

Musical Moments – Music intended to be background, calming, familiar sounds to relax, distract, and help refocus to simpler, easier moments.

Simply Quotes – Read and be uplifted. Send your favourite and we will add it.

Sing Along – Songs to sing with others, and words on the page to follow along.


We love adding new ideas to the Tips page…*list your activity favourites in comment below* and we’ll add in the appropriate spot on the tips page or here with activities!

Have you noticed conversation changes in your loved one? Our experience is revealed in Conversation Blackout,” visit to read more!


Caregiver Activity Ideas (c) 2020 Judith Allen Shone

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