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Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by wightdancer, Nov 7, 2019.
What a wonderful idea and one I will try with my Mum.
Thank you for the welcome. Interesting re music. I'll google some events.
I had read a study on the efficacy of comedy workshops. Carers described that it brought 'patients back to life'. There was also some stuff re effects of comedy on patient outcomes. Hence, I was curious if anyone had any experiences re comedy.
My friend's mum doesn't react to entertainment. We tried to make her watch TV or listen to music. She does not pay attention to it. She was a doctor who was very active and spoke five languages. The loss of independence is crushing.
I am glad your OH enjoys music! Did you do anything to get her interested in music? Or was she interested from the get-go?
Her son is a pianist, Sia and her father played mandolin while her cousin played accordion. It's in the blood and thankfully not been lost to dementia. So sad to read about your friend's mum losing interest in everything after such a great life.
Buttons great idea. I volunteer at a nursing home as an activity co Ordinator and have found dolls house furniture hug hit with the ladies, box full they can rummage in and bring out to look at. Men a little more difficult but they often like textured objects such as coloured scarves and sequins and things that glitter!
When your husband goes to the pictures, is that new films or films he saw before? Does he prefer a particular genre, e.g. comedy, action, romance?
It's not my partner but my father who has Alzheimer's disease, but I was fascinated by your experiences.
This year may be the last time my mother, father, sister and I are all together for Christmas and I have been thinking desperately of games that we can play that could involve my Dad.
His memory is (obviously) poor, although he can recognise music and family events from decades ago. He can talk, but his vocabulary is becoming increasingly limited, and he struggles to understand new concepts - and certainly cannot think laterally.
So quizzes are out - even basic ones - as are memory games.
Music might be a possibility - but more as participation than answering questions about it.
I did think that a dexterity game, such as Jenga, or a more basic equivalent, might be a possibility.
I wondered whether any of you might have any ideas, please?
My dad enjoyed playing connect 4 until very late on in his dementia.
Thank you. Not sure whether he'll grasp it but happy to try.
I've said it elsewhere but it is possibly worth repeating here. My wife does not have enough concentration for board games but she does enjoy anything that needs hand eye co-ordination. Batting a balloon about is easy fun. Throwing balls or beanbags at a target or into a large box which has compartments with different point values - 3 in the centre, 2 in the near centre, 1 around the outside for example - often works, especially as it introduces an element of competition.
My mother and I would play Snakes and Ladders. We would play card games at the beginning and then we slowly made our way down to the easier and easier games. We finished by playing Candyland, a board games for children who don't county yet.
My family was always big on board games, Monopoly, Sorry, Parcheesi etc.so it wasn't hard to get Mum playing.
If the rules a game seem too complicated make some new, simpler ones ...