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Recommended entertainment and diversions?
My mom is recommending old radio shows and music for dad.
Any other thoughts or ideas?
Those are great! I don't know about your dad's physical capabilities, so I may be way off base with my suggestions. Here are some things my mom liked/likes:
Go for a walk. Go for a drive. Up until the summer, long day trips to tourist places, or apple "picking", were wonderful. Go out for coffee, ice cream, lunch, supper, library. Trip to art museum, movie, concert. At her previous village, in AL, one friend would take Mom on errands to Home Depot/Lowe's. They'd just wander the aisles.
Set up a bird feeder. Plant/grow things. Did they dance back in the day? Maybe again! Cook together. Results not important.
Mom still enjoys being outdoors. She loves the two companions we've engaged. Both of them are chatters, grandbaby-photo-show-offers, and one has a collection of dementia-specific activities that I wish I knew what they were!
What stage is he in? I did different activities depending upon mom's stage. She used to enjoy puzzles, painting, adult coloring books. Now she is mostly watching tv, though she enjoys sitting with the caregiver or family on the porch watching the hummingbirds (I hung several feeders from a tree that she could watch). She also has gotten to enjoy seeing indoor plants as they grow).
I would try puzzles, big piece puzzles not those 1,000 piece ones, sorting beads, sorting colored cards, folding hand towels and wash cloths is my go to activity.
I don't know if your dad is a tv watcher but there are a thousand things you can find online for him. If he doesn't have a SMART tv, there is Roku or an Amazon Fire Stick which will give you apps to streaming services or simply to YouTube and he can watch thousands of shows or concerts that he may enjoy.
Netflix works for us. You can set up a TV show they lake, and it "daisy chains" from one episode to the next. Friends, Dr Quinn, Andy Griffin and The Soprano's can fill a few days of time very easily. There is also the feature of "If you like this, you may be interested in this".
Once you get it up and running, there aren't any keystrokes required to keep going.
When Daddy Elf started talking about his childhood, I started replacing a lot of family photos we have on the walls with photos of when he was a child, even a picture of him and his dog when he was about 7-8 yrs old. I've put up pictures of his mom and dad, his uncles, aunts, pictures of his siblings when they were younger, an old house he lived in when he was young.
I change the pictures out every 2-3 months, sometimes I just move them to different walls in the house. He will stop and look at one sometimes and it seems to entertain him and he'll walk through the house looking at a lot of them. He seems more content and calm reliving his 'good ole days'.
He will ask me who someone is (like his mom) and I'll tell him something like: "It's an old picture of grandma taken right after she and grandpa got married. I'd almost forgotten how she looked at that age, too. I can see the resemblance in you and your mom still".
After my mother died last month, I put pictures of her and Daddy in the bedroom. Sometimes I'll noticed they've been moved or I'll see him pick one up and look at it for a long time. He hasn't once asked who she is. He knows and remembers her and that makes me feel good.
I know this is just a small thing but it can sometimes break an obsession he might be having over where his keys are (he has a ring of keys with an old house key, an old car key and a key to the garage I let him carry around in his pocket). (LOL. His keys were in his pocket all along but he swore they weren't.)
Hi, having spent many hours doing research on something to combat the boredom often associated with this disease.. I found crossword puzzles and games similar (words with friends) can help keep them focused on a task. TV is actually one of the worst things because it I think its gets very confusing to them and they do not have patients to wait for a long story to play out. The same with music etc.. I also think pets are good therapy if they can handle it.. a fish tank worked good. She was focused on feeding and keeping the tank clean.