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A person with Alzheimer's or other dementia doesn't have to give up the activities that he or she loves. Many activities can be modified to the person's ability. In addition to enhancing quality of life, activities can reduce behaviors like wandering or agitation.

In the early stages of dementia, the person may withdraw from activities he or she previously enjoyed. It is important to help the person remain engaged. Having an open discussion around any concerns and making slight adjustments can make a difference.

For example, a large social gathering may be overwhelming, but the person may be able to interact more successfully in smaller groups. As Alzheimer's progresses, you may need to make other adjustments to the activity.

For more information please call the Alzheimer's Association at 800.272.3900.

We offer the following social engagement opportunities:

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss and Their Caregivers

Hands-on art activities! Art conversations! Dance! Movement! Guided by trained docents and volunteers, varied programming at all museums participating in the SPARK! program creates atmospheres that are both welcoming and inspiring! Attendees overwhelmingly report soaring spirits and eagerness to return!

Memory Café

Share your stories and socialize with others who have worries about their memory. Get the full Memory Café Calendar here.

Registration is required for first time attendees. Please call 800.272.3900 to register.

For more ideas and tips please visit the Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center.

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