Enjoy Father’s Day with Dad with these Activities Geared for Father’s with Dementia
Dementia, Alzheimer’s and other Cognitive Decline conditions will change your relationship to your parents and elderly loved ones. You can still connect with them on holidays and special days like Father’s Day.
Here are 15 Father’s Day activity ideas that can work well for dads with dementia.
1. Have a fun barbecue with friends and family:
Have your dad sit back and watch the grandchildren play in the garden while you fire up the grill with some burgers and hotdogs to make him feel extra special.
2. Make a slideshow of family events and memories:
Collect family holiday photos and events from the past and make a slideshow for your dad with him as the center of attention. He will love a family screening of the slideshow with everyone around.
3. Help Dad with some odd jobs around the house:
Your dad will appreciate some help with odd jobs that he’s been putting off because of reasons such as mobility issues. Offering a helping hand to wash the car, weed the garden, mow the lawn or fix a broken light bulb can speak volumes in terms of how much you care.
4. Put a photo album together:
Sit down with a coffee and ask your dad to join you in putting a photo album together. He will enjoy selecting the photos and talking about them while you give him your undivided attention. Describing the photos to him can set you up for some great conversation and perhaps even trigger some memories for him.
5. Play his favorite card game :
This is another way of giving your dad all your attention and care. Be sure to commit to a whole afternoon with him and leave your cell phone behind. If your father is able to spend time outdoors, you can take him out to make him feel special:
6. Go to a concert where his favorite singer or band is performing:
Whether your dad remembers his favorite band or not, taking him to a place where he’s had good times can trigger memories and the emotions associated with them. It is said that music has the power to bring back emotional memories.
7. Take Your Dad to a favorite sports event:
If your dad is a sports lover, he will enjoy cheering with the crowds at an energy-packed sporting event, even if it’s just little league baseball!
8. Go on a fishing trip together:
Enjoy sitting at the riverbank with some sandwiches and a beverage in hand while the two of you take in all the joys of fishing together. Make sure your dad equips himself with the right gear. Keep his protection and needs in mind at all times.
9. Play a game of golf:
If your dad loves a challenge, challenge him to a game of golf. This is a great way to spend the day with him and make him feel special. Make sure you start early in the day to escape the midday heat.
10. Go walking or hiking in the countryside with a picnic:
For those who love nature, hiking outdoors or having a picnic in the countryside is a great Father’s Day celebration idea.
Make sure your dad can walk the distance. Be prepared in case of an emergency.
11. Take him and the family to the movies:
If your dad likes a grand outing with the family, a trip to the cinema, including popcorn, will be great fun.
12. Go for a long drive through the countryside:
For dads who can’t quite bear a long walk in the countryside, taking him for a car drive with the windows down is equally enjoyable.
If the countryside isn’t his thing, maybe consider a tour through the city to see all the famous sights.
13. Get your Dad a Gift:
Another way of showing your appreciation is by giving him a gift. Of course, what you choose to give him depends on what stage of dementia he’s in.
And it can get difficult to find the right gifts for dads with dementia.
Here are some ideas that could help:
Early stages of dementia:
• A jumbo puzzle or a crossword book can stimulate his brain and maintain cognitive health.
• A DVD of a good movie or documentary that the two of you can spend time watching together.
• A device to help with daily living activities can make his life easier, such as a reacher or grabber, an easy jar opener, a shower or bath chair, or devices like step2tub or step2bed.
• A set of good speakers or music system for him to enjoy listening to his favorite tunes.
• A smart alarm clock that not only displays the date and time but also sets gentle reminders.
• A simple board game or puzzle to keep him cognitively engaged.
• A digital photo frame that can display a customized set of photographs.
• A cozy bathrobe and slippers.
• An assortment of fine chocolates or treats.
• A comfy deck chair and umbrella to place on the patio so that your dad can enjoy getting some fresh air and sunshine.
Keep in mind that whatever you plan to do with your father will depend on what stage of dementia he is in. Whether he’s in the early stages and still quite aware or towards the middle and later stages where it’s difficult for him to go about his daily life, you will need to modify your plans to suit his specific needs. Nonetheless, this will be time well spent.
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