Q3 Enterprises Twiddle®Cat (Cream) Activity/Comfort AidMore often than not, people with Alzheimer’s or dementia have an issue with their hands – they simply can’t stay still! So, I set off to find some items that will keep their hands busy with different tactile feels which are also very interesting to these patients.
Alzheimer’s or Dementia Activity Centers
Studies have shown that those patients with diminished mental capabilities as they age do better in situations where their hands are engaged. You can do this with art supplies, puzzles or, if the dementia or Alzheimer’s is more advanced, you can buy an activity center designed specifically to keep the hands busy.
Activity centers come in many different types with different items, such as zippers, laces, or buttons. Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be kept busy for hours if you give them one of these types of products designed specifically for those in these situations. An activity center may also calm down your senior citizen loved one and relieve anxiety associated with the syndrome. Keeping the hands busy also may prolong the ability of motor skills and help relieve arthritis pain.
Muffs Designed for Alzheimer/Dementia Patients
These muffs not only can provide the hands with something to do but, if your mom is like mine was, this muff will also keep the hands warm. These muffs have beads, ribbons and a squeeze ball inside the muff. They’re washable after taking off the attached pieces.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Activity Centers For The Lap
Another type of activity center for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia aresmall lap blankets that lie across the lap and have different items on them to keep the hands busy – such as buttons, zippers, shoe laces, etc. In my humble opinion, the more different areas to explore on one of these activity aprons or pillows, the better. Here’s a few that are on Amazon.com: