Dementia Care in Holland, MI

Skilled dementia care from in home caregivers trained in dementia services.

It is often assumed that people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia cannot participate in or enjoy many life activities, including games. While this may be the case for some, especially in the final stage of the disease, a high percentage of seniors with Alzheimer's not only can play games, but they should.

According to researchers at London Metropolitan University who studied patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, stroke, and dementia, "Just 15 minutes a day spent on brain training exercises promotes the growth of new brain cells. Further, Dr. Robert Wilson of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center notes, "Mentally stimulating activities may help the brain 'rewire' itself to circumvent the effects of dementia."

Dementia Care in Holland, MI

With Comfort Keepers, one of the benefits of our dementia care services are that our caregivers will focus on all aspects of your loved one's well-being. That being said, they will encourage your loved one to participate in activities and games specifically designed to address brain function. In fact, just a deck of cards or bingo game can make a huge difference. John Schmid of Best Alzheimer's Products writes that bingo is ultra-low tech, and, yet, "it has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer's and other dementia patients." Bingo requires the pairing of a letter and number, the matching of a tile to their game board, the completing of a pattern to achieve Bingo, and the hand-eye coordination to stamp or block off a space on their board.

Tactile games like dominoes and Qwirkle are excellent for stretching the brain, memory, and hand-eye coordination. We've all heard that crossword puzzles and Sudoku are helpful, but don't underestimate the good, old-fashioned board puzzle, either.

In short, if it stimulates the brain and encourages socialization, there is likely going to be a positive outcome. If new brain cells grow and the progression of the disease is slowed, all the better. With dementia, the most important aspect of any dementia care is maintaining a senior's quality of life. Our in home caregivers can help them do that through brain games and so much more. Contact us today to learn more about the many dementia services we offer or to schedule a free in home consultation.

Comfort Keepers Home Care is proud to serve the following areas of Michigan:

Hamilton
Macatawa
Saugatuck

Office Location: 837 Maple Ave, Ste 20, Holland, MI 49423


 

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