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Activities to engage your loved one.
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famgiuls
Mar 19, 2019
I am trying harder to keep Steve away from hours in front of the TV, especially since he only watches ESPN and during the day it's just a bunch of people arguing with each other! I can't imagine watching that every day without getting agigated. Now that baseball season is starting up, he is enjoying games, but it's hard to watch a whole game on TV. He loves baseball but it's a sport better watched in person. When I work from home, and I don't have a caregiver around, I set an alarm on my watch and every 45 minutes to an hour, I leave my desk and we empty the dishwasher together, we make a snack together, we fold clothes together, we walk the dog, etc. As Mary says, lots of chores. Steve likes to feel like he's contributing but can't really do any of these things on his own. Basically, anything I'm doing he is right next to me and I'm talking through the process. Sometimes he helps and sometimes it seems like it's just extra work for me - but at least there is talking in the house. If he's going to stand next to me anyway, I may as well make the best of it and he's more engaged than when he's just watching me. We also try to go on a longer walk in the evenings before dinner, and now that it's staying light longer, we can do this after dinner and avoid a long evening of TV. Steve has always been an avid reader and the morning paper was a staple. One of our caregivers noticed that he was "reading" the paper but wasn't really able to discuss anything afterwards. She started letting him pick out articles that might interest him, and then she read them to him. This seemed to help him have some recall. At least he could point to the article she was talking about and she would read it again if he looked puzzled. We're also reading the Lenten reflections after breakfast and he really likes this as well.
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