Hobbies for those with DementiaAs you’re aware my nan has Dementia in the form of Alzheimer’s and every now and then I write about how it’s affecting her (as well as me).

In recent weeks my nan has started to deteriorate particularly in the evenings, which is known as sun downing. She starts to become very confused, disorientated and at times quite distressed or angry in the evenings which is common for many with dementia.

Dementia can cause anxiety and depression for the person suffering from it as the disease affects their ability to do so many things from structuring a sentence, making a cup of tea to even walking and being able to see things in 3D.

Dementia is such an isolating and lonely condition for the sufferer and if I can find things that will help my nan’s brain to deteriorate even slightly slower than I will take that chance. 

Some studies have shown that those with Dementia who participate in mentally stimulating activities can have up to a 15% slower cognitive decline than those who don’t.

Thankfully there are still parts of the day when she is more like the nan I remember, where she can engage in conversation and appear happy.

During these precious moments which are sadly reducing, I’ve recently found out that there are various activities I could do with her to help keep her mind stimulated.

Active Minds are a company that specialise in activities, games, puzzles and exercises to help people who have Dementia. They have worked with Dementia specialists and carers to create their products, which include art activities, animal bingo, DVDs and reminiscence books.

My favourite is the aquapaint activity which is a reusable painting activity where only water is used. Once the water dries the image fade and can be used again and my nan won’t have to worry about trying to draw the initial shapes and no paint can be spilled.

Active Minds Aquapaints
Aquapaint

I love that there’s a range of activities which are designed to be entertaining whilst doing the crucial thing of helping maintain their cognitive function. Some of the activities like the jigsaws and the bingo are things I can do with my nan.

Chunk can even get involved so it seems more like a family game and he still gets to do fun things with his great grandmother and create lovely memories to look back upon. This would appeal to my nan as she is a very proud woman and would hate to think that she was doing an activity specifically for Dementia.

What I like most is that there are so many different activities meaning we have always got something to try as she progresses through the various stages of Dementia and it’s all things she can do in the comfort of her own home.

If you have any suggestions of things I can try with nan, please comment below!

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