Activities for dementia

Having dementia doesn't mean you have to stop doing the things you enjoy.

There are all sorts of activities you can do – physical, mental, social and creative – that help you to live well with dementia and improve wellbeing.

If you care for someone who has dementia, a shared activity can make both of you happier and able to enjoy quality time together.

You can continue with the activities you already enjoy, though they may take longer than they used to, or try new activities.

Stay socially active

Keeping in touch with people is good for your confidence and mental wellbeing, like meeting up with friends and family.

You could try activities like:

The Alzheimer's Society offers support near you and Age UK offers social activities for what's available in your area.

Tablets and smartphones

These digital devices can be very useful for people with dementia.

From online games, puzzles and dedicated dementia apps, to Zoom and YouTube, they provide a way to stay engaged with others and enjoy a range of activities.

Out and about

Many communities are working to become dementia-friendly, such as the Alzheimer's Society dementia-friendly communities programme.

This means that organisations and venues may have specialist events and activities for people with dementia, such as:

If you'd like to venture further from home, there are organisations that can support both you and the person caring for you.

Find out more from the Alzheimer's Society about holidays and travelling.

Activities for the later stages of dementia

It's often assumed that people in the later stages of dementia are unable to engage in activities, but this isn't true.

Activities will often need to be simplified and are more likely to focus on the senses, such as:

Playing music, having objects to touch and interact with, and hand massage can all help people with dementia in the later stages.

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity. It promotes how music with personal meaning can help people with dementia. You can find and listen to existing playlists, or make your own.

Active Minds researches and develops a range of activities for people affected by dementia.