The Simple Things in Life with Alzheimer's

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I have learned over the seven years that "Al" has been living with me: he is happiest if he is doing something that feels productive.

I think back to the things Bob did in his work life or for fun in is youth. He was a workaholic in his adult life, so there are no hobbies there to pull from. Then I try to find the simplest version of that activity for him to do.

For instance, Bob was always painting walls or wood for something in our "fixer up" house, which is why I think he enjoys painting the bird houses I give him. The paint brush is a familiar tool for him and I don't worry about how it turns out. In fact, I have given "Al" the same birdhouses over and over again to paint, and he never notices.

I have realized that keeping him active and participating in life with the simple things, makes both of our lives more enjoyable.

What did your loved one do in their life? Is there a simple version they might still be able to do? Challenge yourself to be creative when coming up with different activities for them to do. It may be worth a try ☺

Sheri works fulltime as a Property Manager and caregiver for Robert, her husband of 25 years, who was diagnosed in 2008 with both Frontal Lobe Dementia and Alzheimer’s. On a journey she never thought she would find herself on, Sheri has been blogging about the way Alzheimer’s has invaded her family’s life since 2009.

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Thanks for sharing your experiences. Mine have been similar until I could no longer care for him myself. He was transferred to assisted living right through a connecting arm so I can be with him as often as I am able. It's at least once a day after dinner I visit and I stay and sing and pray with him. It is our evening helping each other to relax communicate our love for each other and then He can go to sleep. I usually need a little more time after I return to out apartment to unwind. Stay your course, but please take good care of yourself, Sheri!
demented or not the NH i end up in better be ready to play nice . my hobby is busting new openings in block walls where there previously wasnt one .