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Activities Programming In Dementia Care

Posted by Administrator on 9/22/2012
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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