I have found that working with the elderly is like digging for treasure – I am never disappointed with what I find.
There are times (especially with dementia) that we must uncover their needs or what makes them happy.
Every person has things that have meaning. It could be an activity like going to the market and remembering days gone by. With one client who was almost bed bound, I realized there were certain activities that gave her energy to get out of bed.
I first noticed change when a neighbor stopped in for a short “hello.” My client was upbeat the rest of the day.
The neighbor had brought flowers so we spent time thinking of something nice to do. We baked cookies and my client wrote a card.
The next week we made valentines for her son and her husband. Wow I noticed color in her face.
What I uncovered was she liked doing things for people.
It’s also fun to uncover things about a person that maybe no one knows.
Here are some ideas to mix up their day and keep it interesting:
Writing his/her memoir
Writing cards to friends
Folding laundry ( I have lovely conversations with my clients when doing chores)
How have you been keeping things interesting during the Co-Vid “Stay in Place”???
Great people to meet in the A to Z challenge:
Keith is a good writer with clever themes. Expect excellence: https://keithsramblings.net/
Frédérique at https://quiltingpatch.blogspot.com/ is a talented artist who I have enjoyed getting to know
Lee is a lady whose poetry engages the reader: https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/
Arti is a wonderful crafter of words: