50 Healthy Activities and Games for Dementia and AD

We’re always looking for productive and fun ideas for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Here is a list of 50 games you can play with someone with dementia:

  1. Drawing or painting together – For example, coloring books that challenge people with dementia to draw between the lines
  2. Bingo
  3. Guessing games, such as charades or Pictionary
  4. Memory matching games
  5. Dominoes
  6. Jigsaw puzzles
  7. Simple card games such as Go Fish or Old Maid
  8. Coloring or painting
  9. Balloon volleyball
  10. Bean bag toss
  11. Ball rolling games
  12. Word association games, such as 20 Questions
  13. Music-based games, such as singing along or dancing
  14. Board games like checkers or snakes and ladders
  15. Simon says
  16. Storytelling or creating stories together
  17. Acting out familiar scenes or role playing
  18. Garden or indoor plant care
  19. Cook or bake together
  20. Photography or looking at family albums
  21. Sensory-based activities, such as playing with play dough or soap bubbles
  22. Simple hand and finger exercises, such as playing with play putty
  23. Craft activities such as knitting, crocheting, or scrapbooking
  24. Light exercises such as stretching or chair yoga
  25. Knocking down pins with a soft ball
  26. Reading aloud or listening to audio books
  27. Listening to music or playing instruments
  28. Hand-eye coordination games, such as playing with balloons
  29. Word games like crosswords or word search puzzles
  30. Sorting and matching games, such as sorting buttons or matching socks
  31. Trivia games based on personal experiences or interests
  32. Physical games like catch or beanbag toss
  33. Shuffleboard or bowling
  34. Puzzle-based games like Sudoku or Tangram
  35. Shape matching games, such as placing pegs in a board
  36. Dance or movement games
  37. Balloon or beach ball games
  38. Role-playing games, such as make-believe or acting out scenarios
  39. Group singing or humming along to music
  40. Card games like War or Spades
  41. Cooking or baking together
  42. Model building or Lego play
  43. Photography scavenger hunt
  44. Balance and coordination games, such as walking along a line or hopping on one foot
  45. Art projects, such as painting or sculpting
  46. Mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing or guided imagery
  47. Personal grooming activities, such as manicures or hair brushing
  48. Laughing exercises, such as telling jokes or watching funny videos
  49. Exercise or stretching games
  50. Building with blocks or stacking toys.

Share some of your favorite games or recommendations for loved ones with alzheimer’s or dementia!



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