Mom's in a retirement home with nursing staff (I believe most you know it is assisted living?). She has, I'd say, "moderate" Alzheimer's. She is pretty socially active there: plays all of the card games, goes out on excursions, etc. She's not what I would call "with it" when she plays these games, but she participates nonetheless.
I see her a couple of times a week, and take her out. The end goal is usually to have something to eat at my place, or at a restaurant. Sometimes a little drive is involved.
Is there anything else I could be doing with her to keep her busy? Something that DOESN'T involve a great deal of TALKING? (Words are failing her big time now, and she is forgetting some shared memories, and she has no curiosity about anything that's happening around her/in our lives. It's a lesson in frustration.)
We used to play a lot of Scrabble, but that's turned into a nightmare.
She used to play a lot of solitaire on our computer, but now insists that she's never seen it played where you put the Aces up top, and deal out three cards at a time, and play red/then black/then red, etc.
She used to fold laundry and help chop up vegetables, but even that is too much for her now.
Is there anything else I could be doing with her to spice up our time together?