Alzheimer's A to Z

with Dr. Jytte Fogh Lokvig

Fiddle Boxes

When your care partner is living with advanced dementia, you’re likely frequently in need of a diversion. We highly recommend that you keep several “Fiddle Boxes” close at hand.

A “Fiddle Box” is a box (shoe box works well) with a jumble* of stuff that can be counted, organized, sorted, rearranged, admired, discussed, or simply touched.

*It’s important that the contents look messy, so you sound convincing when you ask for help organizing it.

We keep a variety of them handy at all times and find them to be a good activity for folks who stay up nights. These boxes can be as complex or as simple as you want. They can be thematic (kitchen/cooking, fabrics, hardware parts) – thus becoming an activity center in a box.