Firstly it is important to incorporate activities that your loved one or friend would enjoy and have enjoyed all of their lives. Check with their doctor to make sure it is safe for your loved one to participate in the type of activities you have planned for ease of mind.
Finding an interesting outdoor activity for loved ones living with dementia to enjoy isn’t as hard as you might think. As the longer and colder nights draw in you may be encouraged to stay at home rather than venture outside for some fresh air. For someone living with dementia going outside may not be as easy as it used to be. They do not need to be incredibly active in order to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of spending time outdoors. On a daily basis, simply spending time sitting on the porch or in the garden can be enjoyable.
Getting out of the house and into the sunshine exposes our bodies to Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, healthy muscles, and improved mood. Daylight is important for regulating our body’s clock, helping to promote a healthy sleeping schedule.
Research has shown that the health of people with dementia who spend between 10 and 15 minutes of activity outside a day improved significantly. For seniors with mobility issues, simply sitting outside in the sun can have positive mental and physical health benefits.
You and your loved one living with dementia can incorporate outdoor activities into your care plan that are both simple and enjoyable. Try to plan activities around the same time each day, taking into consideration when your loved one is most often active. They can be a part of the activity or simply watch.
Some examples are below:
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