Chanukah is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with a loved one, friend or client with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Here are some ideas that will put a smile on everybody's face and make all involved feel good.
Carry on family traditions
One such tradition most family do, is candle lighting. Even those with advanced dementia may spontaneously recite portions of the blessings for the candles.
Also retell the story of why Chanukah is celebrated. Maybe you and persons with dementia can reenact the story. If you are not sure of the story, visit your local library or visit Judaism 101 on the web.
Perhaps third you can play dreidel. This activity is a lot of fun. If you are even slightly clever, you can help folks with dementia make an adapted dreidel that is easy to spin. You can even put extra gimmels on it so winning is easier. For directions visit Alzheimer's ideas on the internet.
This is a game the whole family can play. Make sure to involve children. Most folks with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, love children. This game is the perfect opportunity to bring these two groups together.