6 Engaging Activities for Loved Ones in Dementia Care

Do you have a loved one living with dementia? If so, it’s important to find activities that can enrich their quality of life, keep them engaged and help lift the fog of the disease.

Dementia is a progressive disease, leading to loss of memory and the ability to think clearly. Dementia makes it difficult to sustain everyday activities which are usual for an average person. Such behavioral symptoms as confusion, distraction, and difficulty in communicating increase over time leading to greater isolation or depression.

As heartbreaking as it may be for the family watching their beloved ones declining memory and cognitive impairments, there is hope —engaging activities that stimulate the mind of dementia patients can make a big difference in their moods and overall well-being. In this article, we outline ideas that family members or caretakers can use to develop meaningful activities for loved ones living with dementia.

Music Therapy

Music has a powerful effect on the brain, and it can be used to help dementia patients recall memories and emotions. Listening to familiar songs from their past can help them feel connected to their loved ones and evoke positive feelings. It can also provide an opportunity for social interaction with family members or caretakers.

Arts & Crafts

Doing arts and crafts is a great way to keep dementia patients engaged and help them express their creativity. It can also be a fun activity for family members or caretakers to do together. Simple projects such as coloring, painting, or making collages can be enjoyable and help stimulate the mind.


Gardening is a great way to get dementia patients outdoors and involved in an activity that is both calming and stimulating. Planting flowers, vegetables, or herbs can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when they see the fruits of their labor.

Games & Puzzles

Games and puzzles are a great way to keep dementia patients engaged and stimulate their minds. Simple board games or card games can be a fun way to interact with family members or caretakers. Puzzles can also help improve problem-solving skills and memory.

Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a great way to provide comfort and companionship for dementia patients. Spending time with animals can help reduce stress levels and improve moods.

Group Activities

Group activities can be a great way to help dementia patients stay engaged and connected with others. Group activities such as cooking classes, art classes, or book clubs can provide an opportunity for social interaction and meaningful conversations. These activities can also help reduce feelings of isolation and depression that often accompany dementia.

Additionally, group activities can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when they complete the task together.

Discover a continuum of care at Oasis Dementia Care

No matter what activities you choose for your loved one living with dementia, it is important to remember that the goal is to provide meaningful engagement and connection. It is also important to be patient and understanding when interacting with them. With a little bit of creativity and patience, you can create an environment that will help your loved one feel supported and connected.

At Oasis Dementia Care, our mission is to provide the highest level of care for our neighbors and to also assist Tristate families that are dealing with dementia. We strive to get to know you and we care about providing the best care possible. If you’re interested in learning more about the community at Oasis Dementia Care, please contact us.


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