Jewish Pavilion

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101 Things to Do with someone who has Alzheimers

A few weeks ago, I attended a funeral of someone who had lived for five years with Alzheimer’s Disease. When I commented that I visited him regularly, one of the guests at the funeral responded “well he died five years ago.” Often people feel that because someone with Alzheimers has lost some of his faculties and might not remember your visit, the visit is not worth making. I disagree whole heartedly. At the Jewish Pavilion, we visit seniors in long term care in the  greater Orlando area regardless of their health condition.Our miniscule staff and 400 volunteers want to enhance the lives of our elders and make every moment count, even if it is later forgotten. We have found that many people with demetia respond especially well to music and conversations about their past. Here is a list of 101 things to do with someone who may have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. (The list is from the Alzheimer’s Resource Center web page)

  1. Clip coupons
  2. Sort poker chips
  3. Count tickets
  4. Rake leaves
  5. Use the carpet sweeper
  6. Read out loud
  7. Bake cookies
  8. Look up names in the phone book
  9. Read the daily paper out loud
  10. Ask someone with a child to visit
  11. Listen to Polka music
  12. Plant seeds indoors or out
  13. Look at family photographs
  14. Toss a ball
  15. Color pictures
  16. Make homemade lemonade
  17. Wipe off the table
  18. Weed the flower bed
  19. Make cream cheese mints
  20. Have a spelling bee
  21. Read from the Reader’s Digest
  22. Fold clothes
  23. Have a friend visit with a calm pet
  24. Cut pictures out of greeting cards
  25. Wash silverware
  26. Bake homemade bread
  27. Sort objects by shape or color
  28. Sing old songs
  29. “Tell me more” when they talk about a memory
  30. Put silverware away
  31. Make a Valentine collage
  32. Play favorite songs and sing
  33. Take a ride
  34. Make a cherry pie
  35. Read aloud from Ideals magazine
  36. Play dreidels
  37. Make a basket of socks
  38. Take a walk
  39. Reminisce about 1st day of school
  40. String Cheerios to hang outside for birds
  41. Make a fresh fruit salad
  42. Sweep the patio
  43. Color paper shamrocks green
  44. Fold towels
  45. Have afternoon tea
  46. Remember great inventions
  47. Play Pictionary
  48. Paint a sheet
  49. Cut out paper dolls
  50. Identify states and capitals
  51. Make a family tree poster
  52. Color a picture of our flag
  53. Cook hot dogs outside
  54. Grow magic rocks
  55. Water house plants
  56. Reminisce about the first kiss
  57. Play horse shoes
  58. Dance
  59. Sing favorite hymns
  60. Make homemade ice cream
  61. Force bulbs for winter blooming
  62. Make Christmas cards
  63. Sort playing cards by their color
  64. Write a letter to a family member
  65. Dress in your favorite football team’s color
  66. Pop popcorn
  67. Name the presidents
  68. Give a manicure
  69. Make paper butterflies
  70. Plant a tree
  71. Make a May basket
  72. Make homemade applesauce
  73. Finish famous sayings
  74. Feed the ducks
  75. Mold with play dough
  76. Look at pictures in National Geographic
  77. Put a puzzle together
  78. Sand wood
  79. Rub in hand lotion
  80. Decorate paper placemats
  81. Arrange fresh flowers
  82. Remember famous people
  83. Straighten out underwear drawer
  84. Finish Nursery Rhymes
  85. Make peanut butter sandwiches
  86. Wipe off patio furniture
  87. Cut up used paper for scratch paper
  88. Take care of fish tank
  89. Trace and cut out leaves
  90. Ask simple trivia questions
  91. Finish Bible quotes
  92. Paint with string
  93. Cut out pictures from magazines
  94. Read classic short stories
  95. Put coins in a jar
  96. Sew sewing cards
  97. Put bird feed out for the birds
  98. Clean out a pumpkin
  99. Reminisce about a favorite summer
  100. Roll yarn into a ball
  101. Make a birthday cake

Submitted by Nancy Ludin, Executive Director of the Jewish Pavilion