Are you thinking of summertime activities for your loved one with dementia?

Summer is a mere few weeks away.

The kids will be out of school soon and the days will be long and full of sunshine.

If you have a loved one with dementia, you are wondering what activities you can do with them.

You are in luck.

In this post, I will share 10 summertime activities you can do with your loved one to keep them engaged.

Let’s delve right into it.

10 summertime activities for adults with dementia

Reading

Reading is a quiet time activity that works well for people with dementia.

If you know what some of their favorite literature is, this is even more helpful because chances are that they will remember several passages very well.

Reading is also a nice activity to do when those warm summer evenings are winding down.

Music/Dance

Researchers have shown that music therapy is an effective way for dementia patients to interact with the world around them.

Some good old music and dancing could be just what the doctor ordered.

Take the board games outside

Take board games outside for a change.

If there is a board game your loved one played for a long time, chances are that they have “muscle memory” of the game.

They will engage when they play those games.

Hot Tub Fun

If you have a hot tub this could be a fun summertime activity for your loved one as well.

Caution: make sure you or someone is with your loved one as they take a dip in the hot tub to prevent drowning.

Walking/Hiking

If you choose walking or hiking as an activity to do with your loved one, it is important to watch out for your loved one’s energy levels.

If you notice they are too tired when they walk long distances, cut down on the distance but still make it an enjoyable experience.

Take a drive

Have scenic route in your city or state? Taking a drive down on an iconic or scenic route can be a great memory jogger for adults with dementia.

If the memory associated with the route is a good one, this could be a good way to spark conversation.

Watch an old movie

Do you have movies that are a tradition?

If so, summer nights are a great time to binge watch.

Lay in the grass and watch the stars

Summertime is famous for having clear nights.

Thus, these are always a great time to lay in the grass or sit on the porch and watch the stars twinkle.

Go on a picnic

Instead of eating lunch indoors, how about taking lunch outside for a picnic?

Plant a garden

Gardening is yet another great summertime activity to get your loved one involved in.

There is always something to do with a garden and so they will never be a dull moment.

 

Which one of these summertime activity ideas was your favorite?

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