Plant a Garden


This is pretty self-explanatory, really.  You can plant flowers or vegetables; weed, plant in beds, containers, or window boxes; use seeds, bulbs, starters, or mature plants; and the list goes on and on. 

Those in the early stages should be able to do this fairly independently, though you should still probably make sure weeds and desired plants don’t get mixed up (I did that at my own house the first year I owned it.  Those poor rose of sharon bushes didn’t know what hit them).  For those in the moderate stages, giving them one step of a job at a time is probably best, as is pretty consistent supervision. 

For those who bending is tough, try raised garden beds or sit at a picnic table and plant in pots.  For those who don’t like to plant, make them the official water-er.  Just be sure to use a watering can that’s not too heavy.  Ev en those in the last stages can enjoy being outside and smelling the plants and the freshly turned soil. 

The best part is, this is the activity that keeps on giving.  Now that a garden is planted, you can make watering it part of the person with dementia’s daily routine!

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