Therapeutic Activities May Help to Lessen Memory Loss

Many people understand that FDA-approved prescription medication may help slow the progression of the memory loss, but did you know that caregivers can complement treatment with activities that may help reconnect their loved ones to daily life?

“In addition to obtaining a diagnosis and beginning medication, it’s important that caregivers plan activities to share with their loved one, like playing games and going on outings,” explained Eric Pfeiffer, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of the Suncoast Gerontology Center at the University of South Florida Medical Center.

Activities should benefit both the loved one experiencing memory loss and caregiver, by providing an opportunity to spend quality time together to connect both mentally and physically.

Activities can include:

  • Playing music (loved one’s choice)
  • One-on-one interaction
  • Playing videos of family members
  • Walking and light exercise
  • Pet therapy
  • Baking or light cooking