In spring, there is a sense of renewal and new beginnings. There’s no better time than now to try out some new activities with family. For your loved one with dementia, maintaining an active lifestyle and enjoying the outdoors helps them to stay positive and healthy. Are you making a list of spring activities that you can do together? You can consider some of these options below.
It’s time to bask in the sunshine! Longer days and better weather are excellent for outdoor trips where you can indulge in the wonders of nature. You can plan simple activities like visiting a nearby park or going for a scenic drive. You can also arrange a fishing trip and picnic for your loved one to get some fresh air and greenery. Being outdoors can help your loved one with dementia stay physically and mentally healthy. Spring is a good time to add outdoor activities to your loved one’s weekly schedule.
Furthermore, sunshine is a good source of vitamin D that plays an important role in stronger muscles and bones. For a loved one with mobility issues, sitting outdoors in the sun also has benefits for their wellbeing. Make sure to keep him or her covered in protective clothing and bring a water bottle along to ensure they don’t go thirsty.
Organize A Springtime Party
Invite your close friends and family over for an outdoor party in spring. Prepare some healthy dishes or hold a barbecue session. Take a break and spend some quality family time with your loved one. You don’t need a reason to throw a party.
Build An Indoor Garden
Helping your loved one to create an indoor garden can be fun. Spring is the season of blooming so why not decorate the house with some colorful flowers? If you want to save the hassle of maintenance, you can try silk or plastic flowers.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore; you can turn it into something fun. You might discover treasures from things your loved one has kept in his or her cupboard. Take an interest and start by asking questions on an old photo album or jewelry and you could be surprised by the stories you hear. Cleaning also helps to give your loved one a sense of purpose which is beneficial for people with dementia.
Join Community Events
Your loved one could enjoy meeting other older adults. Do a search and see what are some community events available. There could be picnics, parades, or concerts that are suitable for your loved one.
Explore Your Hometown Like A Tourist
Take a bus tour or book tickets to a boating trip with your loved one. Maybe you’ve always wanted to visit that restaurant but never had time to. Talk a walk inside shopping centers, go window shopping, and visit shops you rarely frequent. Try some new flavors and become a tourist in your hometown. You might discover a new favorite café that both of you enjoy.