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my ma has dementia, she used to pick up wee books and read, no longer does this. Plays with hankies and toilet paper which is unusual. Listens to music. Looks out the window at birds feeding in the garden. Any other suggestions on entertainment
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As all dementia sufferers are different, it's mainly a case of trial and error. And playing with hankies and toilet paper is not that unusual. Dementia sufferers often get fixated on quite simple items that they'll play with for hours on end, and seem to derive pleasure from these simple games. In the psychogeriatric unit where my friend ended her days there was an old gentleman who would scribble happily on newspapers for long periods. But it had to be newspapers - he wasn't interested in drawing on plain paper.
Finally, be grateful she's interested in doing anything at all. In the last three months of my poor friend's life, she lost interest in everything, including TV. Although she retained the power of coherent speech right to the end, she would just sit silent and motionless, staring into space with her huge, haunted eyes, only occasionally breaking her silence to say something completely out of the blue. This was even more heartbreaking, as she would often say things like: "I want to go home, but I have no home".
Many thanks for all your comments.
Do arts and crafts, such as painting or knitting
Work on puzzles.
Watch family videos.
Cook or bake simple recipes together.
Organize household items
Potting and watering plants.
help with sorting clothes as she is now not able to walk much. Sorts out old pictures, but sometimes she decides to hide them or even damage them. Not interested now to go down to the kitchen. Goes through magazines for a short time. Communication is not good as her speech is very poor.
Word search books are easier than crosswords or jigsaws,
my my mum is happiest when she is asked to help to do simple household tasks, like passing things acros the kitchen, tidying a drawer or generally feeling more active and useful. Interacting with others keeps her interested in what is going on.
hope this helps.
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