Welcome to Meaningful Pastimes

Someone once said that there are three psychological needs humans share in order to thrive:

Something to Love

Something to Do

Something to Hope for.

Meaningful Pastimes provides ideas to fulfill these needs and to build a stronger relationship between you and the person you are caring for.

Discover new information and helpful resources. (Please be aware that, as an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a commission for any items you buy from Amazon through this website. )

For weekly insights on a variety of topics, head to the blog page.

The One-on-One page introduces activities that you can use to keep your loved one engaged:  recipes and crafts, reading and games, reminiscing ideas and prayers, and other endeavors.

Head over to the Group Activities page to find ideas for keeping a group of people busy – meeting the needs for professional care partners,

Come on in!  Look around and join the conversation for enhancing quality of life for those with dementia!  And, feel free to contact us with questions and comments!

Though our journeys are all unique, we are facing this together!

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Another site about Alzheimer’s?  Why?

I launched Meaningful Pastimes to inspire and encourage those with loved ones on an Alzheimer’s or dementia journey.  As a facilitator of an Alzheimer’s support group, I often field questions about effective ways to maintain the skills and abilities of those with dementia.  Through this site, I hope to provide you with many meaningful things to do, to love and to hope for!  I also want to share resources for you as a care partner, as well as ways to take care of yourself.

My name is Tish and I’ve been caring for those living with dementia for nearly 13 years.  The Maintenance Director of our long-term care facility once commented, “You need to find a hobby!” after I made a simple, rather work-intensive, request.  I could only reply, “This IS my hobby!”  I am so blessed to have discovered my passion AND to be able to make a living practicing it!

No Journey is the Same…        

One of the very first things I learned was that each person’s journey with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is unique.  People sometimes seem to think that the disease makes everyone the same – that caregivers are dealing with the same issues as everyone else.  They fail to recognize the individuality of the person living with dementia. Though there are similarities, each person begins this journey with a different past, a different temperament and a different lifestyle.

So, while the disease is robbing people of their short-term memory, reasoning, abilities and skills, their individuality remains.  My goal is to meet each person where they are in their journey so that I can strive to provide the best possible quality of life – individualized –  for that person.

Thank you for inviting me on your journey as a care partner for your loved one with Alzheimer’s!  I look forward to hearing from you.  Please share your successes, your problems, your stories and your wisdom!  Together, we can make the journey more bearable and joyful!



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Winter is fading away and, though it has been mild here, thoughts are turning to gardening. Many of those in our care relaxed by caring for flower beds and ‘truck patches.’ Seed catalogues brightened the early nights with promises of luscious flowers and vegetables. It feels as though it’s too early for planting, but is …