Saturday, November 14, 2009

Make an Activity Book for Loved ones with Alzheimers

My continuing education course at Salem State College was canceled due to low enrollment. I was looking forward to sharing activity ideas with caregivers. The best activity I made for my mother was an activity book because during the early stages of the disease, when she could still read she loved flipping through the pages of a book all about her life. It included:
  • The Story of Sarah Smith made with scanned pictures from her early life and more digital pictures put together to tell the simple highlights of her life.
  • Large print songs to sing over and over again
  • Simple pictures with captions or brief description
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Ben Franklyn Adages
  • Descriptions of her favorite recipes and foods
  • Yiddish words

Creating an individualized, meaningful book such as this for a loved one may be the most appreciated holiday gift for a loved one with memory impairment.

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