Dementia affects one in ten people who are over the age of 65. Sadly, dementia can occur in younger people as well. There are many activities that people with Alzheimer’s disease still can do. In fact, spiritual and religious activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease can greatly improve their well-being. Such activities may include praying, singing together, attending church services, or receiving faith counsel from a minister. You will be able to facilitate the religious and spiritual wishes of the older adults in your lives. Read on to learn more about the best spiritual activities for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease!
Music can touch us all. Many people who have Alzheimer’s disease will retain memories of the many hymns they sang at a younger age. Play some of these religious songs and hymns from their time to provide them with comfort and spiritual well-being. Do encourage the older adults to sing or hum to these sacred songs.
Story telling helps to encourage positive rapport between you and your loved ones. Show nice photos to the older adult and let them make up a story about it. You can also use pictures from books or calendars. Ask them questions to help them with it. One of the advantages of trying this activity is that it does not require the individual to remember anything.
TV Devotions Or Radio Broadcasts
Some people are used to listening to religious services on TV or on the radio. You can promote access to these services by reminding them of these services and tuning in to those channels on TV or radio.
Nature Related Spiritual Care
You can even nourish the spirit with nature. Bring your loved ones to listen and watch the birds outside. You can visit farm animals and pet baby animals too. Sit under a majestic tree, visit the shore to listen to the waves, or simply lie back and watch the stars under the night sky.
Read Poems Or Passages From The Bible
People who love the Bible will enjoy this activity. Try reading passages from the Bible to them. You can read out stories from the Bible to bring up their memories too. Reading rhyming poems or passages can create happy memories and assist with recalling of key life events. Poetry reading is known to improve the mood and concentration of those who have Alzheimer’s Disease. You can print out passages or poems from the Bible in large fonts for the older adults to hang on the wall. Encourage the older adult to read them aloud to others so they can share in the joy.
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