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How should I help a patient with Alzheimer's disease with activities.

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  • Helping with chores can boost self-esteem.
  • Stay active. Take a walk together every day to keep muscles strong, boost mood, and help with sleep. If mobility is a problem, they may be able to use a stationary bike.
  • Playing word games, doing puzzles, talking about current events, or gardening can fuel thinking and memory. Listening to music can also bring back fond thoughts.
  • If an activity isn't working, it might just be the wrong time. Try it again later.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Food, Eating and Alzheimer's," “Activities at Home."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease."

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer's Progression."

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Food, Eating and Alzheimer's," “Activities at Home."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease."

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer's Progression."

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

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