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Dementia Activities and Their Benefits

Written by OurParents Staff
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2 minute readLast updated April 20, 2023

Scott Silknitter, the founder of R.O.S. Therapy Systems, shares some dementia activities and their benefits, as well as insight to enhancing the quality of life of your parent or senior loved one living with dementia. You may see a range of benefit for your loved one, from a decrease in depression to improved self-esteem, plus a decrease in caregiver stress.

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Dementia activities

There are many causes and types of dementia and they each have their own signature symptoms, from Alzheimer’s disease to vascular dementia. One thing that can benefit all types of dementia, however, are dementia activities.

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Any type of leisure activity, from bingo to a simple conversation, can benefit your loved one with dementia as well as their caregiver.
Research shows that the use of these person-centered activities provides many positive effects on families and senior loved ones with dementia, including:
  • Decreased depression
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved sleep habits
  • Increased mental and social stimulation
  • Minimized behavioral changes
  • Reduced caregiver stress
You can improve your quality of life and the quality of life for the one you care for through dementia activities. Commit to just one dementia activity per day and see what a difference it can make.

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Dementia activities for the family caregiver

The Activities for the Family Caregiver book series from R.O.S. details dementia activities as well as tips on communicating with someone who has dementia and mitigating behavioral issues.
These R.O.S. books also share more information about how the family caregiver can communicate, engage and participate in activities with parents or senior loved ones with dementia:


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