Usually, the greatest cognitive difficulty in the mild stage of dementia is explicit memory, so the priority is to restore the most efficient use of memory. As such we suggest the following activity:
Separate some kitchen objects (that do not pose a risk to the customer’s safety), put them in a container, it can be a basket or a box, and try to explore:
Name of objects (ask the elderly person to say which object is that; after naming the object ask to say more words that start with the same letter or syllable of that object); • Function relations (ask the elderly person what the main function of each object is; what other functions could he have?); • Which foods are related to the objects in the basket / box (here you can give wings to the elderly person’s imagination or show pictures of food that may be related to the objects); • In which meals do the objects appear most (Breakfast? Lunch? Dessert?); • What are the sounds related to the use of these objects in the kitchen?; • Ask the elderly person to show the movements related to the use of each object.; • Ask the elderly person where objects are usually kept, or, if possible, go with the elderly person to the place where objects are usually kept and let the elderly person tidy them up.
Note: Activities must always respect the interests of the elderly person. If the elderly person concerned has never been involved in cooking or cooking activities, replace the objects used in this activity with objects of interest, with which the elderly person has been in contact during his life. For example: tools; hygiene products; cleaning products; office supplies; objects related to agriculture; etc.