At-home Activities Offered for Alzheimer’s Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

At-home Activities Offered for Alzheimer’s Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has many people staying at home, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has suggestions about activities to help patients and their families stay active and engaged. “Stimulating the brain is beneficial both for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers,” Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA president and CEO, said in a press release. “Staying active and engaged can help improve mood, reduce stress and avoid caregiver burnout, and it’s even more important at a time when people are staying indoors for prolonged periods,” he added. “There are many fun activities caregivers can do with their loved ones to help exercise their minds together, using things they already have at home.” One suggested activity has to do with reminiscing, which promotes memory recall, improves overall quality of life, lowers stress levels, and provides a novel way to connect and communicate with others. Frequently combined with art and music therapy, these comforting activities can also enhance sleep quality, mood, and mental alertness, the foundation said. Suggestions for caregivers include looking through family photos with their loved one, playing music the patient enjoys, and dancing together to favorite music. Another activity involves tactile stimulation — the sensation of touch and texture. The AF
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