Activities/tasks/distractions for my grandmother?
November 17, 2009 2:37 PM Subscribe
I'd like ideas for activities/tasks/distractions for my demented grandmother.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My grandmother is in her late 80's and presently lives with other members of my immediate family. She has some form of slowly progressive dementia. Symptoms vary widely from day to day; she's often lucid and cheerful and at other times becomes very delusional, confused, paranoid, and hostile. She responds very well to having tasks and activities with definite points of completion, particularly ones that give her a sense of autonomy and agency. (I've spent quite a bit of time recently just talking to her, and she frequently talks about getting her driver's license, moving back to a city she used to live in, and other impossibilities which suggest to me that she's pretty frustrated and angry about the loss of her independence).
She likes to be outside (taking walks, raking leaves, etc), has enjoyed sorting buttons and screws and other household olio-bins, loves animals...please give me more ideas for things to do that are engaging at a basic level without being too childish.
(A few details: she is still pretty spry physically, still witty, still has decent albeit unpredictable short-term memory, is pretty much continuously worried about family members and/or an imaginary legion of nearby peepers/intruders/miscreants...if it's not too chat-filtery general advice on making my grandmother's life and that of her caretakers easier would be appreciated).