So many great ideas and suggestions in this thread, thought I would share things that seemed to work with my grandfather.
I think during his middle AD years just continuing to do as much as possible normal activities like gardening (even when his weeding is the flowers), and chores like dishes helped him. He enjoyed walking, and visiting.
He was a handy man so PCP pipes and elbows was entertaining. Allthough at the time even in his later stages of AD he knew and he would say "Well where's the glue?" He was also fond of the tape measure and just randomly measuring things. He enjoyed music from his time like Folk or Fiddling and he loved watching the animated movies with his grandkids.
Living so far away after my grandfather entered into the home we in Florida felt the need to be reassured it was the best solution that my Mom went up for a visit and spent some time with him. Being in a home where everyone has AD we were suprised at the number of his roomies whom were more feel type vs. the visual type. My grandfather was more a visual kind of guy. So we thought to make a fabric book. We got many fabrics and placed the vinal ones for the front and back to protect the variety of different textures inside and connected them with snaps? and a large ring held it together. I brought the books with me when I went for my visit and over the week I saw them getting used and enjoyed. Even my grandfather seemed to enjoy it and note: he did figure out how to open the ring immediatly. He was more of a medel vs fabric kind lol. We had the rings on the books saudered closed.
Anyhow those are my memories, things that worked, and ideas for others.
Stay Strong! Shell