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Things to Do on Father’s Day If Your Senior Dad Has Alzheimer’s

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Father’s Day is a yearly event when you have the chance to shower your dad with love. While your dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis may present a few challenges, you can still celebrate the occasion with one of the following special activities.

Attend a Sporting Event

Whether your dad loves baseball or racecars, there’s likely an event taking place near your home on Father’s Day. Buy some tickets and tell your dad you are treating him to a special day out. You may want to bring along an additional caregiver if your father has a tendency to wander. Bringing an extra person along can help you maintain your loved one’s safety if the event venue is crowded or you need to run to the concession stands.

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Bring Out Your Dad’s Favorite Instrument

Music is relaxing for seniors with Alzheimer’s, and your dad will surely enjoy spending some time playing his favorite instrument. While your father may no longer remember how to play his favorite songs properly, he’ll still get a kick out of strumming on his guitar or playing a beat on the drums. If your dad never played an instrument, put together a playlist of all of his favorite songs.

Pamper Your Dad

Moms aren’t the only ones who enjoy being pampered on their special day. Your dad may also love having a fresh haircut or a classic barbershop shave. If your dad has chronic pain, a massage may also be appreciated. Think about a few things your dad always loved about his appearance, and schedule an appointment to help him get spruced up.

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Put Together a Memorable Slideshow

Slideshows bring photos to life and offer a great alternative to flipping through photo albums. Look through your old family photographs to find ones that fit into a Father’s Day theme. Then, scan them into your computer and use special effects such as music and captions to bring them to life. Your dad may love the slideshow so much that he will want to watch it over and over again.

Go Fishing

Spending time outside together is a great way to bond. Grab your fishing poles and take your dad to his favorite spot. To make the activity extra fun, pack a picnic lunch and spend the day telling stories as you wait for the fish to bite.

Play a Favorite Game Together

Card and board games are ideal for helping your dad retain his memory skills. Pick one of your dad’s favorite games and play it with him after lunch. You may need to keep the game short if your dad exhibits frustration. However, you might be surprised to discover how good your dad is at playing a game he knows well.

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