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

about 6 years, said...

My mother is 88 now and in late stages of Alzheimer's Disease with vascular dementia. She does not understand very much, speaks nonsense or a few odd phrases and I find it hard to know how to share the concept of salvation and eternal life with her. This is very helpful - the practical tips make all the difference.

about 6 years, said...

I am very greatful for your information. I have learned a lot from your articles. My mom is in the last stages of dementia with afib, and small blood clogs in her heart. She also has a subdurl hematomia in her brain. I would appriciate any other information on this. She is on hospice and is comfortable. thank you again granny7