Studies all around the world are beginning to show a significant link between mental stimulation and increased cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s disease impairs memory and reasoning skills. Certain games and activities that exercise these skills have shown to effectively improve cognitive functions which are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Activities that stir memories or promote emotional connections with others also help to counteract the anxiety and anger that often contribute to behavioral issues and emotional outbursts in Alzheimer’s patients. When participating in games and hobbies with Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers should gauge the reaction of the senior and stop the activity if frustration ensues. Games and hobbies typically only have positive results if the experience is positive.