Therapeutic Activities May Help with Memory

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According to research, engaging a person with memory loss in activities that they enjoy may reduce many of the symptoms such as agitation, frustration, and wandering. “It’s important that caregivers plan activities to share with their loved one, like playing games and going on outings,” explained Eric Pfeiffer, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of the Suncoast Gerontology Center at the University of South Florida Medical Center. “Even doing simple tasks like baking cookies or feeding pets can help to give a person with memory loss a sense of self-esteem or self-worth.”

Activities should benefit both patient and caregiver, by providing an opportunity to spend quality time together to connect both mentally and physically.

Activities may include:

  • Playing music (patient’s choice)
  • One-on-one interaction
  • Playing videos of family members
  • Walking and light exercise
  • Pet therapy
  • Baking or light cooking
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