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, such as the suggestions on this page.
Out and about
Many communities are working to become dementia friendly. This means that organisations and venues may have specialist events and activities for people with dementia, such as:
- dementia-friendly cinema screenings and streaming of live theatre productions
- sensory gardens – a garden or plot designed to provide different sensory experiences, including scented plants, sculptures, textured touch pads and water features
- woodland walks
If you'd like to venture further from home, there are organisations that can support both you and the person caring for you.
Dementia Adventure offers breaks in the UK designed for people living with dementia and their family or carers
Young Dementia UK has details of holidays in the UK and abroad for those under 65 with dementia
Find out more from 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:
Playing music, objects to touch and interact with, and hand massage can all help people with dementia in the later stages.
Active Minds research and develop a range of activities for people affected by dementia.
Page last reviewed: 22 August 2018
Next review due: 22 August 2021