What are the best activities for Alzheimer's patients?

2 answers | Last updated: Nov 11, 2014
A fellow caregiver asked...

I want to know what kinds of activities there are for Alzheimer's patients, or maybe surveys I can print or questions, anything helpful for an Alzheimer's patient. 

Expert Answers

Paula Spencer Scott, contributing editor, is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's. A Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow, she writes extensively about health and caregiving; four of her family members have had dementia.

You don't specify what stage of Alzheimer's, but beneficial activities don't have to involve pencil-and-paper. Anything that stimulates the mind to focus and think, and/or that involves social stimulation with other people, is useful. This can include a surprising number of everyday activities. Try this list of meaningful activities for someone who has Alzheimer's.

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Community Answers

Ilovenana answered...

It really depends on what stage the patient is in. Here are some activities that are helpful for us:

"¢Puzzles with large pieces "¢Housework

oCutting coupons

oRolling yarn balls oWiping down the table "¢Classic Games

oDominos oGo Fish oOld Maid oCandy Land

"¢Photo activities

oReminiscing oLabeling them Who is in the photo When is it from Where is it from oScrap booking


oMaking decorations Stringing popcorn, cranberries,cheerios oPutting up/taking down

"¢Sorting/Organizing Activities

oNails, screws, other hardware oCosmetics/Nail polish by color or type oButtons Use muffin pans to sort oCoins oSilverware oPlaying cards Match colors or numbers oCandy M&Ms or Skittles

Hope this gives you some ideas!