Activities That Work for Everyone

An article published by the Mayo Clinic reports that people with Alzheimer’s feel better, both physically and emotionally, when they get regular, moderate exercise. 

Programs that engage individuals in meaningful activities, exercise and social interaction may reduce the frequency of wandering. Walking – the most readily available form of exercise – can be combined with other useful activities.

Moderate exercise helps many people with dementia feel better – both physically and emotionally. As little as 20 minutes of walking three times a week can boost mood, decrease risk of falls, reduce wandering and delay nursing home placement in people with dementia. Some types of repetitive household tasks can provide exercise while allowing the person to feel like he or she is helping out.

Examples of Activities


Improved communication can open the door to participating in other activities and trigger memories. Many activities are universal, like playing cards and they can help overcome language and cultural differences. Many can be enjoyed without verbal interaction, other than expressing the joy and excitement of playing.

It is in that quiet place at our own center that we hear the whispers of our soul

Hula hoop

Yes! Even a person with dementia can enjoy exercising with a Hula Hoop. Some individuals may need to be supervised and guided. Do this exercise activity while sitting in a chair. A chair with arms can provide support to help a person that has balance difficulties. Grasp the hoop with both hands and rotate it left and right as if you were driving a car.

There are many more exercises that can increase mobility, strength and coordination without leaving their chair or bed.

Joy frees the mind
and fills it with tranquility

Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt game is an example of an activity that is good for a person with a kinesthetic personality. Items can be identified by touch and feel. If the treasure is not recognized by touch and feel, looking at it might trigger a memory of the item. Recognizing various articles that have been buried in the sand can help restore memories and self-confidence.

Do anything but let it produce Joy!

Balloon Toss

Balloon toss is good for hand/eye coordination and social interaction.
Use vinyl balloons for anyone allergic to latex.

Not everyone is able to stand on a ball nor would they want to. But, everyone is able to enjoy activities at some level; ones they are able to do without fear of failure or harm. Only engage in activities you know can be done safely.

It is not only what you do, it is how you do it that makes a difference!