30 Activities to Engage Your Loved One with Dementia

Dear Readers,

I have received many questions lately regarding stimulating and engaging loved ones who have dementia. Here are few activities I have tried that have worked very well. Keep in mind every person with dementia is unique and some may respond better to certain tasks/activities while others may not. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!


Put a puzzle together

Fold laundry

Water plants

Sing familiar old hymns

Make Christmas cards for family members

Take a walk outside

Look at family photographs

Make a fruit smoothie

Sort silverware in the silverware organizer

Read the Bible

Drink coffee/tea

Make a bird feeder

Toss a ball/balloon

Dance to familiar songs

Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Write a letter to a family member (living or deceased)

Give a manicure

Make lemonade

Wipe tables/sweep

Read the newspaper/magazine

Count pennies

Sort playing cards by suit/color

Comb hair

Paint canvases

Make Coke floats


Decorate cookies/cupcakes

Massage hands with lotion (aromatherapy)

Pet therapy

Fidget blanket/board


Please share!

Best regards,

Brittany Fontenot, M.A., SLP


Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

Jeremiah 17: 7

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