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Activities for Dementia Patients: Cookie Cutter Ornament Craft

cookie cutter ornaments

Engaging with a loved one who has dementia during the holidays requires a thoughtful and compassionate approach. Creating a supportive environment that fosters connection and comfort is key. One effective strategy is to incorporate familiar traditions that resonate with the individual's past experiences. Whether it's decorating the house, listening to favorite holiday music, or preparing a cherished family recipe together, these activities can evoke positive memories and a sense of continuity.

Sensory stimulation is another powerful tool. Engage the senses by incorporating scents, textures, and sounds that are familiar and comforting. Aromatherapy with holiday scents, soft holiday music, and tactile experiences like handling ornaments can provide a multisensory experience that promotes a connection with the season.

Maintaining a consistent routine is crucial for individuals with dementia, so try to balance festive activities with familiar daily rituals. Simple, short, and structured activities like this cookie cutter ornament craft can help reduce anxiety and provide a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, consider creating a quiet, calm space for moments of respite if the holiday festivities become overwhelming.

Communication is at the heart of connection, so use clear and simple language, maintain eye contact, and be patient. Encourage reminiscing by looking through old photo albums or sharing stories from the past. Focusing on the present moment and the joy of being together can make the holidays special for both the person with dementia and their loved ones.

Ultimately, the key is to approach the holidays with flexibility, patience, and a deep understanding of the individual's needs. By fostering a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, you can create meaningful moments that celebrate the spirit of the season while respecting the unique challenges of dementia.

Cookie Cutter Ornament Craft

What You’ll Need: 

  • Holiday Cookie Cutters
  • Paper with a holiday design
  • Yarn
  • Clear glue
  • Scissors
  1. Cut the yarn to six-inch lengths.
  2. Add glue to the edge of the cookie cutter.
  3. Slide the yarn through the top of the cookie cutter and tie a knot at the end.
  4. Place the cookie cutter on the holiday paper.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. Trim the excess paper around the cookie cutter.
  7. Display on your tree or in the home.

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 Caregiver Tips

  1. If cutting the paper around the ornaments is too challenging for your loved one, you can do this part after they dry.
  2. While doing activities with a loved one with dementia, engage them in conversation. Play music they enjoy softly in the background to create a positive mood.
  3. Even though your loved one may not remember names or things that happened in recent days, they may still remember their childhood. Ask about favorite colors or clothing they used to wear or how they celebrated holidays as a child.
  4. Activities for people with dementia have the best chance of success early in the day when your loved one is well rested. If they don’t want to participate or get frustrated, don’t force it. Try again another time.
  5. Remember that the goal is to have an engaging activity with your loved one with dementia. Don’t worry about the end result.


Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to support patients with dementia and their families. Please call us at 1-888-564-3405 to learn more about how our unique care programs help provide a higher quality of life for dementia patients while helping caregivers avoid burnout.

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