Sensory activities for dementia reduces agitation, calms, and soothes
Sensory therapy is a helpful way to calm and soothe without using medication. It’s an effective way to reduce anxiety, calm nerves, and provide comfort.
Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can use these simple touch-based activities to occupy their hands and minds in safe, soothing ways.
We found 6 simple, fun, and inexpensive sensory activities for dementia that your older adult will love.
6 sensory activities for dementia
1. DIY aquarium sensory bag
Blossom created a video for their Facebook page showing how to quickly and easily create a sensory bag with an aquarium theme.
Or, check out these additional sensory bag examples for more ideas.
2. Scented sensory cards
Smells are a powerful way to trigger memories and emotions. A Little Learning for Two shows us how to create simple scented cards with a winter theme.
These are universally comforting scents, but you could also substitute other smells that your older adult would associate with positive feelings.
3. Homemade non-toxic finger paint
These non-toxic, homemade finger paints are a fun way for your older adult to express themselves through art.
To keep the mess to a minimum, tape a giant piece of butcher paper to the table and let them paint on that.
4. Coin sorting
Sorting coins into small glass or ceramic bowls is fun and soothing. It might also give your older adult a sense of purpose if you ask them to help you sort your loose change.
5. Pop bubble wrap or pop-it fidget toys
Everyone loves popping bubble wrap! This is one of the simplest activities around, but surprisingly satisfying.
If you haven’t gotten any packages lately, bubble wrap is inexpensive and easily found at office supply or shipping stores.
Or, a simple alternative is to buy an inexpensive pop it fidget toy. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and designs.
6. Loop board
Create a simple threading activity with a board, screw eyes, and some cord or a shoelace.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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