Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers

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February 27, 2014
Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers

Are you a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive conditions. As much as 80 percent of this care is provided by family caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

If Alzheimer’s disease has touched your life, you may be interested in Alzheimer’s activities in Dallas  that you can do with your loved one who has the disease, or activities they might enjoy on their own. The Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers many events in the Dallas area that fall into these categories.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

By joining the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you can participate in the country’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The walks in the Greater Dallas area raised more than $682,000 in 2012. This year, walks are taking place on Sept. 7 (Rockwall), Sept. 14 (Longview), Sept. 21 (Denton), Sept. 28 (Allen), Sept. 28 (McKinney), and Oct. 5 (Dallas).

Early-Stage Social Engagement Program

This fun event helps those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease get out, get active and get connected to other people like them. Through enjoyable social activities, the event promotes quality interaction and companionship among Alzheimer’s patients in the Dallas community.

Neighborhood Memory Café

Another option for Alzheimer’s patients to socialize is the Neighborhood Memory café. These periodic events allow those with cognitive conditions share their stories and socialize with others who are dealing with similar circumstances. There are many Neighborhood Memory Cafes around the Dallas area, including one on the second Thursday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Silverado at Oak Lawn UMC in Dallas.

Art Programs

The Dallas Museum of Art and the Meadows Museum provide special art programs for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. The programs at both museums are free, although registration is required. The Connections program at Meadows Museum is offered especially for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers to enjoy together.

If you’re a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, remember that you’re not alone. At Brookdale, we understand how hard it can be to care for a loved one, especially if they’re showing signs of Alzheimer’s. Hang in there. You can do it. And if you feel like you need help, we’re here for you.

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