The person you care for may no longer still be able to do this but there are many activities for the elderly both in a residential home setting or at home.
Caring for a loved one with dementia is challenging and activities are known to improve self-esteem and in turn mood in the earlier stages of the disease. Elderly people in general still want to feel they are capable and useful and activities allow this.
I have been introduced to UKGeriActive. This is a bright and fresh website co-run by Tracey Knight and Justine Cowell.
They have done an excellent job in creating the site and suggesting activities for the elderly that you might not have thought of. If your relative has elderly neighbours, why not brighten their day too by inviting them along to join in?
Some of the ideas on UKGeriActive involve making things and many elderly people still gain pleasure and satisfaction in actually creating something themselves. These activities stimulate many senses, sight,smell,touch and this all helps to relieve boredom and isolation and help keep their brains active.
Some activities are just plain FUN, which so many elderly miss in their day to day lives.
Take a look and let me know what you think.