Helpful daily activities for people with dementia

Dementia affects reasoning, judgement, and memory, and gets worse over time. One in four Canadians aged 85 and over have been diagnosed with dementia. As a result, finding opportunities to maintain or improve the quality of life of people living with this condition is of top importance to older adults, caregivers, and health and social professionals.

Research evidence shows that people with dementia have the ability to learn and retain new information when it’s presented in a way they understand. As such, people with dementia shouldn’t exclude themselves from conversations and decision-making related to their health. They should advocate for themselves in personal care conversations and express their needs and wishes. This involvement can help improve their health outcomes and quality of life.    

For those living with dementia, various types of sensory stimulation, such as hand massage, can help improve behaviours and general wellbeing. There is also evidence that physical exercise may help people with dementia better perform activities of daily living, assisting them in maintaining their independence.

For more information on strategies that can benefit people living with dementia and strategies that aren’t worth the hype, read through our resources below.

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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