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Finding Outdoors Activities to Enjoy With Your Loved One

Finding Outdoors Activities to Enjoy With Your Loved One 
 

The onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is often accompanied by a decline in physical activity.  In fact, many people become quite sedentary as a result of dementia.  Of course, there might be legitimate physical limitations that are simultaneously having an impact on their mobility.  Regardless of such physical challenges, getting your loved one outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine from time to time can be a good way to help them stay active and engaged.

Depending on your loved one’s physical condition, as well as the weather and other factors, it is probably more practical to identify some outdoors activities that you can enjoy close to home.  There are plenty of things you can do in your own back yard, a nearby park, or even in the courtyard if your loved one is currently in a residential care community.

Going for a walk around the neighborhood can be a great way to get out and enjoy the day with your loved one.  Particularly if you’re in a residential area where you have gotten to know some of your neighbors over the years, a simple walk around the block can be very stimulating for your loved one.  Recalling family friends from various houses where you have attended parties or picnics, stopping to visit with neighbors, or watching children play in the yard can all be great ways to help your loved one feel active and engaged. Right in your own back yard, you can try a variety of activities, such as having a picnic, gardening, or even some easy yardwork.  Try to find something to do that involves an active role for your loved one.  In addition to helping them stay engaged, it can be very helpful to make your loved one feel useful.

The activity itself isn’t as important as the time you spend together.  Remember, your loved one might not enjoy the same types of things they used to before the onset of dementia.  You’ll want to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things.     

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