Written by Active Minds on Thursday the 13th of October 2016.
There are many benefits to keeping active with different hobbies when you are living with dementia, just by going for a short walk around the garden can provide exercise and fresh air. Hobbies can bring enjoyment and pleasure, as well as maintaining a person’s skills and independence for longer.
Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health, and can improve the quality of life for people at all stages of dementia. Our exercise activities have been designed to suit all abilities, with a variety of seated physical activities to keep people with dementia active and healthy.
When planning different activities, consider the person and plan something to interest them – it will be helpful to talk to the person with dementia about what they enjoy. It is also important to plan it for the time of day when the person you care for is at their best. For example, if they are calm in the morning and restless in the afternoon, then plan your activity for the morning.
Whatever hobbies and interests you both choose, try not to let the person you care for feel like they have failed at them and are not as capable as they were before. Adapt activities to their current level of skill so they can still feel a sense of achievement when the activity is completed It is also important to remember it is not always about the end result so focus more on the “doing” of the activity as much enjoyment can be gained from this.