Living Well With Dementia
Here are some tips on living well from the recently published book Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias
"Having dementia doesn't automatically make people helpless and unable to do the things they used to do - or unable to learn new things. For many people with dementia, the disease progresses slowly, and they can continue to do most of the things they've always done."
Know you strengths! Many strengths are retained for quite some time; these are often related to job skills, hobbies and life long interests.
Try new things! Creativity and imagination can also be an area of strength.
"The ability to appreciate, produce and participate in art isn't significantly affected by dementia." Some examples of art that can enrich the lives of people living with dementia (including friends and family!) include:
- listening and singing
- playing piano or other instrument: draw on long term and procedural memory
- Cultural events:
- movies, museums, community events
- Mixed media art
- painting, drawing, sculpture, photography
- Story telling
- Art discussion with groups or partners
- Writing or recording poetry
Many communities are working to engage people with dementia in arts and creative programs. You may be the spark that starts a new idea in your community!