Music, dancing and movement
Targeted physical activity can have a positive effect on dementia. Alone listening to music is ideal for many people with dementia, because well-known hits from the youth time stimulate happy memories, can even help with depression and lighten the mood. Singing well-known songs or even playing music or setting the pace – this works even if the person concerned can no longer speak. Since long-term memory is retained longest in dementia, song lyrics and melodies from childhood and adolescence can still be accessed for a long time.
When dancing and singing together quickly sets a sense of community. Isolation and retreat are thus halted. And even those who do not know the lyrics exactly can still hum or sway and participate.
As musical and motoric employment opportunities are offered:
- Joint music making with simple instruments
- Sing known songs, possibly with guitar accompaniment
- Listen to familiar music together
- Moving together to mood songs (sway, dance, etc.)
- Sitting gymnastics with background music
- Regular walks
The memory of events and relationships of the past is good for many dementia patients, which is why the so-called “remembrance care” is practiced in many dementia sufferers. When people with dementia remember relationships with loved ones or biographical events, it contributes to their well-being and makes them feel stronger again in their identity. As a carer or relative, ask specific questions about childhood or adolescence, for example about contemporary events from childhood or adolescent dementia. They are intended to motivate people with dementia to remember their experiences and to tell stories from earlier days. At the same time, you can also leaf through photo albums from the past, ask questions to the person with dementia, or even create albums or a memory box together.
Sensory experiences and touches
In addition to memory, touch itself is an indispensable part of human life. People with dementia, who are difficult to reach through words and gestures, can also be activated by touch, and in turn they can derive occupations and games.
- Massages with hedgehog balls
- Mind games: Have small items searched in a cherry seed bag
- Have different materials felt in a covered box
- Smell spices and thus activate the memory
- Barefoot paths, sensory gardens and more
Games for dementia patients
- There are games specifically designed for people with dementia.They should specifically train motor skills, arouse the fun of guessing and the modern memory training.In recent years, more and more such dementia games have come on the market, which are mostly on memory, motor skills and puzzles aimed (see below).
- In addition, you can challenge and employ your dementia-dependent relatives with conventional games and, if necessary, adjusted sparrows.Games that are familiar from childhood onwards are best, such as dice games or people do not get angry.Be sure to adjust the rules of the game to the symptoms of dementia and vary them.
Games for seniors with dementia: a small selection
- Vertellekes – the new game
Sitting at the table and telling stories – that’s the basic idea of this game. Schedule and maps provide the impulses for conversation. It’s about guesswork, word collections and phrases. The game Vertekelle is very popular and costs about 80 euros.
- Colourful mix
168 playing cards and you can start with your dementia relatives: On topics such as nature, then, at home, exercise or puzzles questions are asked, songs sung or gymnastics tasks.
The card game costs about 30 euros, there are two volumes, but they are independent of each other.
- Remember – Memory
A memory game with big maps and easily recognizable pictures – so you can touch and uncover easily. On the cards you will find familiar objects which – as with every memory – appear in pairs. But collecting is just one goal. Equally important is that the cards encourage storytelling. The cost of these are about 35-40 euros.
- Grand puzzles: 6 motifs for the activation of dementia patients
Simple puzzles with just four parts per motif make assembling easy. The motor skills are trained, a pretty picture is created and casually relaxed a conversation, about then and now, about cheerful memories from the family history. This game cost about 30 euros.
- Tablet for dementia patient
In addition to board games and puzzles, there are now also providers of tablets, which are specifically geared to the employment of dementia patients. They are suitable for the private household as well as for the nursing home and are to care for and employ people with dementia individually. The provider offers, For example, over 500 demented games, short movies, and puzzles that either activate individual individuals or groups and awaken their memories.