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Activities Programming In Dementia Care

Posted by Administrator on 9/22/2012 to Daily Living Tips
Michelle Seitzer, senior blogger for SeniorsForLiving.com, shares her thoughts about activity programming in dementia care units, along with some of my insight added in. Core concepts she includes are:
  • All activities are meaningful - This could include self-care tasks, walking in the hall, or talking to a table mate at lunch.
  • The simpler, the better - People with dementia become overwhelmed when there are too many details.  A simple "afternoon sun" program outside only needs to include comfy chairs to sit in, some shade, and cold lemonade and cookies.  Have the residents help set up.
  • Know the person's history - Use life story books and/or discuss the person's history with family and friends so you can incoporate this knowledge on a daily basis.
  • Plan to use the abilities each person has - Higher functioning residents can be paired to help those with more needs.  A person who still remembers songs on the piano can be the started to an impromptu sing-a-long.

Try these tips in your dementia setting.  Let us know how it works!

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