Any tips for Motivating An Alzheimers Patient?

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   Posted 11/7/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi... my mother is disabled. She suffers from memory issues and gets very fatigued quickly. I am her primary caregiver and make sure that her needs are met.

I wish she would do more than just lay around on the couch watching daytime tv. Which is pretty much what she does during the day. I will give her a list of tasks/chores for her to do during the day. I tape reminders up all over the house for her to complete these tasks, as well as whats in the fridge to eat, or any other notice I think she would benefit from seeing constantly.

The problem is that she doesn't have any motivation. Sometimes she doesn't do anything all day and just lays around. There's nothing wrong with that, but it would be nice if I could get her to develop a hobby or start some kind of project. Something that will engage her to think in a different way.

Has anybody else experienced this? Can anybody give me any (out-of-the-box) tips for getting her motivated?

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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Is your mother suffering from AD or dementia? If so, this can account for her lack of motivation. My gma lost all motivation as well so I would have to sit down with her and we would do crafts together. That was quite the challenge considering my gma is almost blind! :) Your mother may need someone to do things with her to get her moving again. If she has dementia or AD then she may NOT be able to start things herself. That is where you or your family comes in. I feel it's important to keep their minds working for as long as possible to help with their mind. I sometimes would play word games with my gma and she looked forward to those games. These word games were actually kids games but my gma seemed to like them. What sort of disability does your mother have?
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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Moon . . .

Welcome to the forum. I see Red already gave you some really insightful info. I'm not sure how far gone your mom is. She may also be depressed. Does she enjoy doing anything when you are doing it together?

One good activity for the brain and the body is walking. If she'll take a walk with you to a nearby friend or store . . . or around the block, it can improve mood, stamina, and general health, as well as getting oxygen to the brain to slow progression of this dd.

If you discuss this with her doc and the doc determines that there is depression involved, there are meds that can really help with that too.

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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Another great thing I and my parents did were Collages

If you can find lotsa family pics and get them together and paste them on a big pice of Bristol board
It makes for a great family pic or pics IMHO

Going out and collecting leaves or if you have snow already .//well thats out lol

There are so many things
My other thing to do was big puzzles with parents

Keeping what they had in their brain still functioning ya know

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