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Planning Daily Activities for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may realize just what a challenge it can be to plan enough structure during the daily routine in order to keep their loved ones busy, stimulated and engaged.  Those with AD will eventually need help planning daily activities, even the routine ones such as dressing and making meals.  Planning a structured day can actually help your loved one’s sense of well-being and self-esteem, giving more meaning to life, according to  Providing structured daily activities can also help build remaining talents, provide enjoyment and decrease boredom while preventing agitation. 

Draw on individual strengths when choosing activities to add to the daily schedule.  For example, if your loved one enjoys gardening, be sure to spend some time outside in the yard each day.  Activities may include going shopping for new plants or flowers, planning a garden, or working on crafts designing new garden planters.  If your loved one enjoys getting up in the morning for a routine of early breakfast and reading the daily newspaper, be sure to continue to implement those activities into his/her daily routine.  Pay attention to which activities your loved one really enjoys.  Consider how much direction is required and whether the activity makes him/her happy or agitated. Be sure to take into account any physical limitations when planning activities and keep the focus on the quality of the time spent together. 

Here are some suggestions for activities caregivers may want to consider:

Daily chores such as doing laundry and house cleaning
Meal preparation, planning recipes
Creative activities like painting
Listening to favorite music
Taking a walk
Implementing a simple exercise routine (under the supervision of the physician)
Playing cards and games-such as chess or checkers
Planning a project to build in the shop
Visiting friends or other family members

Be sure to adjust the amount of time spent on each activity to your loved one’s tolerance level and allow for rest periods when necessary. 
The daily routine will need to be adjusted according to the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s important to note that the ultimate goal is to enjoy quality time together.
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