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101 Things to Do With a Person Who Has Dementia

1. Clip  coupons2. Sort poker chips3. Count tickets4. Rake leaves

5. Use the carpet sweeper

6. Read out loud

7. Bake cookies

8. Look up names in the phone book

9. Read the daily paper out loud

10. Ask someone with a child to visit

11.Listen to polka music

12. Plant seeds indoors or out

13. Look at family photographs

14. Toss a ball

15. Color pictures

16. Make homemade lemonade

17. Wipe off the table

18. Weed the flower bed

19. Make cream cheese mints

20.Have a spelling bee

21. Read from the Reader’s Digest

22. Fold clothes

23.Have a friend with a calm pet visit

24.Cut pictures out of greeting cards

25.Wash silverware

26.Bake homemade bread

27.Sort objects by shape and color

28.Sing old songs

29.“Tell me more” when they talk about a memory

30.Put silverware away

31. Make a Valentine collage

32.Play favorite songs.  Sing along.

33.Take a ride

34.Make a cherry pie

35.Read aloud from People magazine

36.Make paper butterflies

37.Plant a tree

38.Make a May basket

39.Make homemade applesauce

40.Finish famous sayings

41.Feed the ducks

42.Make things with play dough

43.Look at pictures in National


44.Put a puzzle together

45.Sand wood

46.Rub in hand lotion

47.Make paper placemats

48.Arrange fresh flowers

49.Remember famous people

50.Sort underwear drawer

51.Roll yarn into a ball

52. Play with dreidels53.Sort a basket of socks54.Take a walk55.Reminisce about the first day of school

56.String Cheerios to hang outside for the birds

57.Make a fresh fruit salad

58.Sweep the patio

59.Color paper shamrocks green

60.Fold towels

61.Have afternoon tea

62.Remember great inventions

63.Play Pictionary

64.Paint a sheet

65.Cut out paper dolls

66.Identify states and capitals

67Make a family tree poster

68.Color a picture of our flag

69.Cook hot dogs outside

70.Grow magic rocks

71.Water house plants

72.Reminisce about a first kiss

73.Play horseshoes

74.Sing favorite hymns

75.Make homemade ice cream


77.Force bulbs for winter blooming

78.Make Christmas cards

79.Sort playing cards by color

80.Write a letter to a family member

81.Dress in your favorite football team’s colors

82.Make popcorn

83.Name the presidents

84.Give a manicure

85.Finish nursery rhymes

86.Make peanut butter sandwich

87.Wipe off patio furniture

88.Cut up used paper for scraps

89.Take care of fish tank

90.Trace and cut out leaves

91.Ask simple trivia questions

92.Finish Bible quotes

93.Paint with string

94.Cut pictures from magazines

95.Read classic short stories

96.Put coins in a jar

97.Sew sewing cards

98.Feed the birds

99.Reminisce about a favorite


100.Make a birthday cake

101.Make a jack-o-lantern


(adapted from material from the Columbia, Missouri, chapter of the Alzheimer’s

  1. June 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Reblogged this on Making Time Live (not killing it) and commented:
    Check out this great blog – it’s all about dementia and there are loads of interesting entries and articles about it!

  2. June 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Pinched! Hope that’s okay! 🙂 Great blog!!

    • June 22, 2012 at 4:51 AM

      It’s certainly very fine. And thanks for the kind words.

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