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To find appropriate activities to meet individual needs of a person with dementia requires creative thinking. As in other areas of dementia care, family caregivers are called upon to be resourceful in seeking meaningful recreation.

No two people with dementia are the same. So, each caregiver will need to draw upon different experiences when planning activities for the person in their care. Some basic guidelines which are known to be helpful are:

These general guidelines are based on abilities characteristically retained. Only the caregiver, through trial and error, can be specific in offering appropriate activities. The caregiver has an intimate knowledge of their person with dementia and what are realistic expectations for that person and an appreciation of his/her individuality.

This HelpNote was written by Elizabeth Wright, former Coordinator of the Association's Family Visiting Area.


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