The Dangers of Boredom for Seniors With Dementia

An older woman stares blankly into the distance as a result of boredom, something common in seniors with dementia.
Do you know how boredom can affect seniors with dementia?


Some things are just made for each other. Macaroni and cheese. Salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly. One combination you want to avoid, however, is seniors with dementia and boredom. Studies have revealed that boredom in dementia contributes to an increase in:

  • Wandering
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • And more

Additionally, boredom in family members who care for someone with dementia is also concerning, resulting in a heightened risk for depression and burnout.

How to Prevent Seniors With Dementia From Getting Bored

Avoiding boredom is essential. These proven strategies are an excellent starting point.

  • Make time for reminiscing. Use photo albums, scrapbooks, and home movies. Search the internet for top news articles from a specific time frame to discuss together.
  • Listen to the senior’s favorite music: the radio, a playlist, videos of concerts, outings to local school musical programs or the individual’s religious organization to enjoy spiritual songs. Perhaps even plan a karaoke night with friends and family, or a piano or guitar singalong.
  • Know what sparks interest, and seek out opportunities for engagement accordingly. For example, if the individual’s face lights up whenever they see a dog, explore pet therapy or arrange for regular visits with family and friends who have dogs.
  • Make sure their activities build a sense of purpose and self-worth. This could include helping with folding laundry, preparing meals, sorting nuts and bolts in a toolbox, or whatever provides a connection to the person’s past passions or occupation.
  • People who experience loneliness often experience boredom as well. Be sure there are frequent opportunities for socializing in accordance with the person’s comfort level. If large groups of visitors are overwhelming, for example, ask family members and friends to visit one or two at a time.

Maintain a journal of which activities were most well received, as well as those that seemed to be of less interest.

A companion from Golden Harmony is a great way to brighten the day of a senior with dementia. Our caregivers are experienced and highly skilled in creative techniques to boost engagement and contentment for someone with dementia. A caregiver from Golden Harmony will add much-needed socialization for your family member, while providing you with the chance to step away and take time for yourself.

  • Some of the many ways we are able to help include:
  • Planning and preparing healthy meals and snacks
  • Assistance with personal care and hygiene
  • Providing transportation and accompaniment for fun outings
  • Reminiscing and conversations
  • Engagement in ability-appropriate activities that provide purpose and help boost memory
  • And much more

Contact us online or at 919-426-7522 to learn more about our customized care solutions in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and Wake Forest, as well as the surrounding areas.