Sorting:Get items that can be sorted by the residents such as Buttons (different sizes and colors), poker chips,
balls, bottle caps, forks, spoons, rocks, etc.
Have residents sort items out, make sure to always have staff by the resident to watch that they dont eat items.
Play dough/Clay: Give resident some clay or play dough and have them make something,anything.
This is good exercise for their hands.
Book Making:Have your residents go thru different magizenes and look for a specific item.Examples:
birds,ladies,babies,cats.dogs,food,cars etc.then have residents cut the items out and make their own
What 's in the Bag? Get a bag and fill it with different items such as cotton balls,sandpaper,leaves,newspaper,felt,q-tips,golf
ball,sock,clothespin,etc,then have residents take turns and feel whats in the bag,and tell you what the items are.
Stringing: Get Cheerios, fruit loops, popcorn,or honey combs cereal and some string and let your residents
string up a chain to put outside for the birds.This activity is fun because they can eat some while they make their chains.
Cooking Class: Make a fruit salad:get different fruits and have residents cut up with plastic knives, add whipped
cream or plain yogart,Yummy!
BBQ:get a small/large George Forman Grill and buy some hot dogs and have a bbq!! The George Forman Grill is great to
have for your facility because its small,cleans up easy, and the smell of the cooking item on the grill is wonderful for the
residents .Other items to grill: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches,Chicken Breasts for Chicken Salad & Quesidellas.
Other stuff to make:
Tuna Salad,Smoothies,Ice cream Sundaes,Pizza Boats & Nachos.
Pet Therapy: I have found that if you can have animals at your facility, do it!!! They can be alot of work
but they residents really respond to dogs,cats,rabbits,birds,turtles and most any animals.And the fun part is that you can
get your residents to help with their care,feeding,and walking the dogs.
Ball Toss: Get some residents and a ball and have some fun, place residents in a circle and roll ball towards
residents,let them kick it or toss it.
Lifeskills: Have residents fold clothes, sweep,dust, vaccum and set dining room tables. Alzheimers
residents love to help. I have found that if you say " I am so busy,can you help me fold these clothes Mrs.Johnson" they will
love to do it.
Exercise: Take your residents outside for a walk, always take a caregiver or someone else with you and a
cell phone if possible.
Music Appreciation: Music soothes the soul,put on some music any kind of music, and just sit back with your
residents and listen, some residents may sing along, some will dance, anything goes.Have fun....
Tips on Sundowning:
~ Provide a Quiet area that residents can relax at any time.
~ Watch to see certain triggers such as t.v.,mirrors,pictures of family members,radios or anything that "sets"your residents
~Be sure that your residents are getting enough rest,lack of sleep can be a trigger for sundowning.
~ Be free of clutter,make sure that there is nothing in the way of the floor and have clear walkways,hallways,common
~Limit length of activities and amount of stimulus- in otherwords keep your activities short and sweet.15 Minutes is
usually about all the alzheimers resident can process and stay focused for.
These tips are not fool proof and will work at times or may not.Just remember to be patient and try to enjoy
your time with your resident.