In the Good Old Summertime … ideas for sharing summer days with your loved one who has dementia
The California Caregiver Resource Centers are a network of eleven independent non-profit organizations across California. They were created with you in both mind and heart to be a free resource as you navigate the challenging role you’re in. The following ideas were lifted right from their website: caregivercalifornia.org.
Whether you are caring for someone at home or in a memory care community, these are wonderful ideas for sharing quality time this summer.
- Put together a summer activities package, including things like a picnic blanket, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, a hat, and their favorite snacks.
- Go for a walk in the park together. Make sure to point out any interesting sights, smells, and sounds along the way.
- Take a trip to the beach. Notice the feel of the sand between your toes, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, and the smell of the salt in the air. These can be calming and invigorating.
- Head to a nearby museum or art gallery. Take your time … stop at each exhibit. If your loved one is feeling chatty, strike up a conversation about what you are seeing.
- Plan a picnic in your backyard or at a nearby park. Be sure to include their favorite foods and drinks.
- If you have an ice cream-maker (you can get ‘em pretty cheap these days), whip up some homemade ice cream together.
- Go for a drive and take in the scenery. If your loved one is up for it, make some stops along the way to explore a new place or two.
- Play tourist in your own town or city. Visit some of the local landmarks and attractions you might take for granted. They might trigger old memories or make you appreciate the things you haven’t given a second thought to in a while.
Of course, it’s important to tailor these activities to your loved one’s abilities and interests. But dementia doesn’t mean you can’t do things together. Summertime might just be the perfect season to enjoy these warm sweet days together. # # #