Outside activities for people living with dementia

October 14, 2021 Dementia Care

Outside activities for people living with dementia

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. 

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.

What are the some physical benefits on the body?

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.

What activities can I plan for my loved one?

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:

  • Farms – Many studies have found that the farm environment can boost the mental health of someone living with dementia. Humans young and old benefit from a bond with animals such as cuddling or petting them reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Gardening – Providing a nice outside environment that also encourages slight physical activity is a benefit to gardening. Use raised flower beds so that there is no need for bending down and making sure they are not too wide to stop reaching. These can also be used to grow fruit and vegetables which can be enjoyed by all.
  • Walking – If your loved one is mobile a brisk walk can be very beneficial. Walking is good for the heart and can reduce stress and anxiety. Even if you’re loved one is physically disabled or has pain or difficulty walking, you can still assist them with a walker, wheelchair, or other movable devices. Although they might not be able to walk, they can still enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.
  • Photography – Taking a camera to a picturesque location and taking photos of this can interest your loved one whilst getting outside and traveling around. You can show them the photos at a later date and even use them to decorate the room.
  • Picnics – Eating and enjoying food outside can bring enjoyment to your loved ones’ life. Inviting family and friends along to enjoy some music/dancing and games that are fun and suitable for your loved one.

Cavendish Homecare

At Cavendish Homecare we have a team of Homecare Managers, Registered Nurses, and carers with a wealth of experience and experts that can provide practical and emotional support and care. We understand that this is such a sensitive time, having trustworthy support can make a huge difference with learning to live with dementia.

If you would like to enquire about our Dementia Homecare services, contact us on, 02030085210 or email us at info@cavendishhomecare.com