5 Fun Resident Activities to Stimulate the Brain

As patients grow older, it’s extremely important to take measures that prevent mental disorders such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Keeping the brain stimulated, prolongs and improves the quality of life in elderly people.

5 Fun Resident Activities to Stimulate the Brain
5 Fun Resident Activities to Stimulate the Brain

An easy way to keep your resident’s minds sharp is to offer activities that are fun and also mentally challenging. Here’s some activities that you can start using at your facility today:

Offer Cooking Classes

You may be surprised, but cooking stimulates multiple parts of the brain! This is because cooking involves using touch, sight, tastes, and smell senses. It’s likely that many of your residents really enjoyed cooking in their past. Let’s reignite their love to learn new recipes!

Host Family Game Nights

Invite residents and their families to a night of fun! Help sharpen their memories by introducing games like trivia, Family Feud, Jeopardy, etc. These games will get everyone thinking critically.

Start a Book Club

Book clubs are a fantastic way for residents to connect with other residents, while giving their brain a work out. Members can take turns reading the book out loud, and listening to others read the book. This ignites imagination, members can picture how the story would play out in their heads.

Teach Art Classes

Art is able to activate a key parts of the cerebral cortex, associated with nonverbal queues and emotion. Encourage your residents to create art with drastic color differences, textures, and forms to stimulate different areas of the brain. This will give your residents the ability to express themselves in a fun and meaningful way.

Have a Board Game Tournament

Board games such as Scrabble, Jenga, and Monopoly all activate different parts of the brain. This is a fun way to sharpen your residents’ brain and get a little competitive!

Get your residents active and engaged at your facility! There are many easy and fun ways to prolong brain abilities for elderly people. Your residents and their families will be thankful for all of your efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Raise Awareness During Alzheimer’s Month

Alzheimer’s affects over five million people across the country. Unlike many other diseases, Alzheimer’s is unique because it impairs one’s memory. Loved ones that could once recite their whole phone book, now can’t even recognize some of their own family members.

Raise Awareness
Raise Awareness

That’s what makes this disease so much more difficult to deal with emotionally. However, that’s even more of a reason to take the initiative and join the mission to end Alzheimer’s. September is National Alzheimer’s Month. Take this as an opportunity to get your facility, residents, families, and staff involved in the cause.

Decorate Your Bulletin Board

Show that your facility recognizes the importance of raising awareness and decorate your bulletin board in purple ribbons and lettering. Post facts about the disease, as well as ways to prevent it, and information on how people can support the cause. Families and friends that visit your residents will take note. It’s important to inform people about the disease, even if they have not been affected by it.

Ask Your Staff to Wear Purple

On Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st, ask that all of your staff wear purple. Purple is the color that represents the disease, spreads awareness, and signifies a will to fight. Put your facility and all of your staff behind the movement. It’s something almost everyone has been affected by – whether a family or friend has had it. Give your facility the opportunity to stand for something, beyond your normal day to day activities.

Care for Alzheimer’s Residents

Show your residents affected by Alzheimer’s how much you love them. Give out a small present or card to your residents, or  ask their family to come in and visit for a day. A little effort goes a long way in improving the life and satisfaction of an Alzheimer’s patient. Teach your staff to give these patients genuine, selfless care all year round.

Start a Donation Can

Get all of your visitors, families, and residents involved in fundraising! Put out a donation can in the front of your facility and give out prizes to those that donate a certain amount. Fundraising is extremely important because it helps researchers discover treatment options and eventually a cure.

Offer Your Expertise

It is likely that many people in your community are affected by Alzheimer’s, whether they are taking care of a loved one, or visit that loved one often. Your staff are highly trained to provide care for the disease, improving the quality of life for that person. Hold an open house informational session, and give tips on how to care and communicate with someone that has Alzheimer’s. Your community will be extremely grateful.

 

September is the month to remember our loved ones affected by this disease. Do your loved ones a favor and participate in Awareness Month. Even a small effort can make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

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