I think there is a need for people to stay productive. I give my mom several carrots on a tray and she peels them. She is good at folding wash cloths and kitchen towels. I complimented her once on helping and she said..."Well, I was a farm girl." Last night I told her I was going to fix dinner and cook the carrots. She replied, "I think I peeled those." She has a knifty knitter and has made four scarf/shawls for relatives. I have to thread it for her but she can move the yarn up and over. She tells everyone that she made her own shawl.
My mom doesn't remember me or my name. She knows we're related in some way. Giving her some things to do to help out has been very rewarding for her and me. What things have you done to keep your loved one useful?