Outings from A to Z for People with Dementia


Families often ask for suggestions for appropriate outings for their loved ones with dementia, but there are no easy answers. Because interests often change during the course of the disease, the caregiver may struggle with finding activities that engage and entertain.Barry Staver Photography InnovAge, IJADP

Cindie Shibata, activity coordinator for the InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program encourages family members to focus on outings that are flexible and meaningful.

This is her list of ideas, from A to Z:

  • Active minds learning programs, amusement park, aquarium, art museum, animal shelter, apple picking, art/craft show, Alzheimer’s support group, Alzheimer’s Association Walk
  • Boat ride, botanical gardens, barber, bookstore, bowling lanes, bakery
  • Church activities, concerts in the park, coffee shop, community theatre, circus, car shows, car wash (do it yourself), country drive, camping, Christmas lights tour, caroling, children’s recitals, carnival
  • Day care center, driving range, dancing (watch or participate), drive-in movieDancing at the InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program for those with dementia.
  • Exercise class, elk/wildlife viewing
  • Farmer’s market, fall foliage drive, feed ducks/geese, fishing, fireworks display
  • Grocery shopping, greenhouse, garden tour, gondola ride, golfing
  • Hardware store, hairdresser, historical programs or places, hot springs, hiking, horse shoes in the park or back yard, hiking
  • IMAX show, ice cream shop, ice cream socialMovies 2
  • Join an adult day program
  • Keep in touch with family and friends…visit often
  • Library, Laundromat, leaf collecting, lawn games (bowling, croquet, etc.)
  • Musical shows, movies, museums, manicure/pedicure, miniature golf, massage, mountain drive
  • Nature center, natural history museum
  • Outdoor programs at parks, organized field trips or tours
  • People watching, park, playground, planetarium, pet store, picnic, pumpkin patch
  • Quiet places: lakes, backyards, sanctuaries, libraries, parks, arboretum
  • Rapid transit ride, ride on city bus, restaurants
  • Shopping, specialty stores, senior center (exercise and learning programs), silver sneakers class, sporting goods store, sports museum, sporting events, synagogue, ski area lodge, snowshoeing
  • Tea shop/high tea, tai chi class, take a class together, tours specific to your area, toy store, theater
  • Unique places in your town or city
  • Volunteer together
  • Window shopping in a mall or on main street, wildlife sanctuary, watch a sunrise or sunset, winery tour
  • Xpress train/tram ride
  • Youth activities, sports and functions
  • Zoo, Zumba Gold class for seniors

This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.

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