November 8, 2023 by Dean Bellefeuille

Fries and ketchup. Ham and cheese. Salt and pepper. Some things are just designed to go together. One combination you want to avoid, however, is boredom and dementia. Studies have revealed that boredom in dementia results in an increase in:

  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Delirium
  • Wandering
  • Anxiety
  • And more

On top of that, boredom in family members caring for a loved one with dementia is also concerning, resulting in a heightened risk for depression and burnout.

How to Prevent Boredom While Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Clearly, preventing boredom is a must. These proven strategies are a great place to begin.

  • Take time to reminisce. Use photo albums, scrapbooks, and home movies. Search the internet for top news articles from a particular timeframe to discuss together.
  • Boredom and loneliness go hand and hand, so establish frequent opportunities for socializing in accordance with the person’s comfort level. If large groups of visitors are stressful, for instance, ask family members and friends to visit one or two at a time.
  • Pay attention to what piques their interest, and look for opportunities for engagement accordingly. For instance, if the person’s face lights up whenever they see a dog, explore pet therapy or arrange for regular visits with family and friends who have dogs.
  • Play the person’s favorite music through a variety of means: the radio, videos of concerts, a playlist, outings to local school musical programs or the individual’s religious organization to enjoy spiritual songs. Perhaps even plan a karaoke night with friends and family, or a piano or guitar singalong.
  • Make sure activities build a sense of self-esteem and purpose. This could include helping with preparing meals, folding laundry, sorting nuts and bolts in a toolbox, or anything that provides a connection to the individual’s past occupation or passions.

Keep a journal of which activities were most well received, as well as the ones that seemed to be of less interest.

A companion from At Home Independent Living is a great way to bring a breath of fresh air into the day of someone with dementia. Our caregivers are highly skilled and experienced in creative techniques to boost engagement and contentment for someone with dementia. A caregiver from At Home Independent Living will add much-needed socialization for your family member, while giving you the chance to step away and take some time for yourself.

A few of the many ways we are able to help include:

  • Assistance with hygiene and personal care
  • Reminiscing and conversations
  • Providing transportation and accompaniment for fun outings
  • Engagement in ability-appropriate activities that provide purpose and help boost memory
  • Planning and preparing healthy snacks and meals
  • And much more

Contact us online or call (315) 579-HOME (4663) to learn more about our customized care solutions in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Fayetteville, Salina, and the surrounding areas and how we can help someone you love avoid the effects of boredom and dementia.