Participating in meaningful activities is important for individuals of all ages. For a person living with dementia, continuing to engage in activities that they enjoy, aligned with their interests and abilities, can contribute to their self-esteem, promote creativity and add to their quality of life.
A new video series created by the McGill Dementia Education Program, together with the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, highlights activities that caregivers can do with a person living with dementia. The videos provide safety tips and helpful advice on how to adapt the difficulty level to a person’s abilities.
This video series is based on the Dementia Activity Booklet, an engaging online toolkit that was created in 2020 by four graduate occupational therapy students under the supervision of Marie-Eve Bolduc, Assistant Professor (Professional) at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. The booklet has been very popular and so, with Professor Bolduc’s guidance, and funding from the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation, we have brought some of those activities to life in videos.
This video series, Activities to Engage People Living with Dementia, features 12 activities:
- Making origami, jewellery, playdough and cooking to stimulate creativity.
- Creating a scent kit to stimulate your senses.
- Participating in household activities including cleaning out the fridge, decluttering, and folding laundry to encourage a sense of self.
- Doing chair exercises to promote physical activity.
- Going on a virtual adventure to engage in social interactions.
- Playing bingo and doing jigsaw puzzles to engage the brain.
Learn how to engage in meaningful activities safely, creatively, and enjoyably!