April 01, 2015

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Activities for people with dementia 

Each day there are many things that provide us with purpose and pleasure. For a person with dementia, the need for a good quality of life is not diminished. However, without some assistance from family and carers, their ability to achieve purpose and pleasure is much more difficult.

Activities can re-establish old roles

Make use of skills that have not been forgotten, such as buttering bread, washing up or watering, sweeping and raking in the garden. These are also ways in which a person with dementia can contribute to the household and feel useful. Encourage an area of responsibility no matter how small. 

Activities can give relaxation and pleasure

A person with dementia may enjoy an outing even if they do not remember where they have been. What is important is that the moment is enjoyed, even though the experience may be forgotten. 
here is a list of resources that may help you

*to borrow one or more of these resources email  nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au or
Phone  the library on 02 9888 4218

We can, we can, we can: purpose and pleasure for people living with dementia

Activity must meet our need for meaning and connection, as well as providing an outlet for creativity, spirituality, joy, fun, and relaxation. Every one of us has leisure and recreation preferences. Not all want to sing in a group, join a club or make and create. Some love company, while others prefer time alone. And every person’s experience of life lived with dementia is unique. These infinite variations mean there can be no “one size fits all” approach to activities for purpose and pleasure. This collection of activities respects that diversity, as well as the need for a person-centred approach to activities.

Relate, motivate, appreciate: a Montessori approach : promoting positive interaction with people with dementia

The Relate, Motivate, Appreciate model: Relate The person you know has lived a rich and full life. They may have been a parent, spouse, brother, sister, professional, housewife, friend and/or lover. The first and most important step is to be able to relate to and focus on what were their past experiences. Motivate Most of us are motivated by things we enjoy. When considering activities that the person might enjoy, we need to reflect on their past life experience. What activities did they do in the past? For example, did they enjoy: • cooking? – if so, consider pouring or mixing activities • accounting? – counting, writing , gardening? – growing vegetables or flowers • music? – listening, dancing, playing an instrument. Appreciate You may experience feelings of loss and grief for the relationship you once had with the person living with dementia. With these in mind it is important that we try to give the person some confidence and roles back and, in that sense, return some meaning to their lives. The aim should be to enable the person living with dementia to regain control of aspects of their life, through meaningful activities that have a purpose..

Reminiscence is a general term covering a range of interventions that involve thinking or telling someone about past experiences that are personally significant. Simple reminiscence is unstructured autobiographical story telling with the goal of communicating with others, remembering past events, and enhancing positive feelings. No particular skills are necessary to engage in simple reminiscence, however, it should be used with caution if the older person has experienced severe trauma or has symptoms of depression. Simple reminiscence can be used effectively with people living with dementia.

Thinking cards : stimulating activities for older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

A colourful photo on the back of each card illustrates its topic and encourages discussion. Larger type and simple text encourages hands-on participation. Instruction booklet presents strategies for using the cards, coping and memory tips and suggestions.

Men’s Sheds can have a role in promoting men’s health and wellbeing by supporting their   engagement in activities they enjoy and find meaningful. This, in turn, provides a sense of purpose and identity. The social environment of Men’s Sheds leads to the development of positive social relationships with other men and a sense of belonging. There is some evidence that Men’s Sheds may decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression in older men. Men’s Sheds may provide a supportive environment for men with dementia or memory loss.

Tangram puzzles : 500 shapes to confound & astound

Using the seven simple shapes that can be put together again and again in countless figures and forms. Sometimes they're so easily solved. Decide just how hard you want a game to be! If you happen to feel artistic, tell a story with the tangrams or create beautiful silhouettes for pure pleasure.

Yoga for your brain : a zentangle workout

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.

Essential massage : aromatherapy DVD & aromatherapy for people with dementia

This guide has been written for family carers and friends of people with dementia. It is intended to introduce readers to the benefits of aromatherapy specifically for the person with dementia. Throughout the guide we have introduced exercise boxes, which are intended to prompt your thinking.

Mindfulness-based elder care : a CAM model for frail elders and their caregivers

Mindfulness practices focus on abilities, rather than disabilities, in order to provide paths to the inner strengths and resources that we all possess. This book conveys the benefits of mindfulness through meditation, gentle yoga, massage, aromatherapy, humour, and other creative therapies to this special population. She provides clear, concise instructions for her program, as well as a wealth of anecdotal and experiential exercises, to help readers at all levels of experience. Hers is the first book to fully explore the value of mindfulness models for frail elders and their caregivers. This innovative book is suitable for use with a variety of people with physical and cognitive challenges.

Dementia and music : tips for music at home

For people with memory loss, music and songs have a special significance. As the long term memory is activated it restores a sense of ‘remembered self’. Music creates relaxation, a return to fond memories and feelings of calm and security. Music reorients the person and distracts from the stresses of life and may help to lift depression. It provides a sense of well being.

Nurturing the heart: creativity, art therapy and dementia

Everyone is creative. Findings ways to express our creativity is part of being human. Some people enjoy cooking, others planting gardens, choosing clothes, arranging rooms, inventing things, singing or playing music. Others express their creativity with paints, in poetry or prose. Artistic expression should be a part of living positively with dementia.

Creating moments of joy : for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia

When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments those put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger

A funny thing happened on the way to the nursing home: a different handbook for carers of dementia patients

This book gives one person's view of how to manage an increasingly common problem, and explains why senses of humour, and indeed a sense of the ridiculous, are very necessary attributes for surviving the caring process. The author's methods of managing his wife's difficult behaviour are excellent examples of lateral quick thinking. Dealing with an imagined visit from a duchess at 2 am, or the urgent need to plant a tree in the middle of the dining room floor, requires a good imagination and fast footwork.


Read a bit ! talk a bit!
Over a dozen topics these books in this a series of reading activity books intended for people with dementia, the books start with a short article or story for the participants to read, followed by a number of questions formulated to engage people in conversation and to encourage personal and meaningful reminiscences to flow

Tai chi and qigong

How is it meant to work? In traditional Chinese medicine, tai chi is thought to benefit health through the effects of particular hand and foot movements on important acupuncture points and body channels. Tai chi could also help depression because it is a type of moderate exercise, or because it is a relaxing distraction from anxiety and stress. The traditional explanation for how qigong works is that it regulates the flow of energy throughout the body. A scientific explanation is that qigong reduces the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol.

Child representational therapy in dementia care

The goals are : To provide an opportunity for people with dementia to ex-press their emotions; To provide meaningful communication opportunities through interacting with and talking about the baby doll; To provide a sense of validation, role and purpose by taking care of the baby doll; To provide opportunities for reminiscence about past child rearing experiences; To pro-vide tactile/sensory experiences that elicit a sense of comfort and security

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