One of the most important yet challenging aspects of caring for a loved one is remembering that although their memories or abilities fade they are still the same person. It is their abilities that have been disrupted, not their interests. So for those who used to like going out to eat, try finding a quieter and less busy restaurant. For those who used to be avid hikers or marathon runners, try walking around the block or yard. For those who used to spend hours out in their garden bring the garden to them by growing a small house plant or flower which they can water daily and watch grow.
Being able to adapt an activity from their past that brought joy to their daily lives will not only brighten their days, but also put a smile of your face.