5 Ways To Bring Spirituality to Someone With Dementia

If your loved one is a person of faith, consider bringing spiritual practices to him or her. Even if he or she isn't able to show much responsiveness, studies show that there's probably still a level of perception, and spiritual interactions can be deeply reassuring and relaxing.

Some ideas:

  • Ask clergy to make a house call. Many will, especially when someone has a terminal illness.

  • Play or sing familiar hymns.

  • Read aloud from a Bible, book of prayers, or other book of faith.

  • Hold makeshift bedside services.

  • Many people find spiritual solace in the outdoors, so you can also bring the outside in with plants, flowers, and a bird feeder hung outside the window -- introducing sounds and scents that bring solace.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio