September 17, 2015

new journal Activities Directors' Quarterly volume 15 number 4, 2015

(for diversional therapists to use with groups )


Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing

P5-17 – Developing a therapeutic exercise program for older adults with diverse cognitive abilities

This may seem like a daunting task but the exercises have a very positive impact on the health and wellbeing of older adults- this article includes and evaluation; a how to that includes frequency and duration  and modes of exercise; as well as some endurance exercise and what intensity in max heart rates and responses; also resistance training and intensity; balance and flexibility exercises ; tips for motivating participants including life history ; looks at health concerns and social support…it is fully referenced for further reading

P 19 - Norway : exercise for function

This article is about taking therapeutic recreational interventions into a nursing home in Norway and teaching nursing staff how to use exercises with residents with dementia – it focuses on exercise for function – designed to reduce target behaviours that inhibit quality of life – it helped with socialising skills, creating new friendships and created new learning opportunities.

P 24/25 Seasonal planner – includes mid to high all all functioning levels

Includes labor day

Grandparents day

Active aging week

National women’s week

P26 – 27 featured lesson plan – exercise for function

Includes purpose – ie improve and maintain function mood sleep appetite or behaviours

Has staff requirements; Entrance criteria ; Exit criteria ; Group size; Facility and equipment required ; Method; Monitoring ; And possible outcomes

P 28 -  Gentle yoga for older adults with rheumatoid arthritis Mid to high functioning

Provides an overview of rheumatoid arthritis and introduces a non drug option  ie gentle yoga – includes references

P 33- Designing modified programs for older adults with osteoarthritis Mid to high functioning

This common problem and is quite disabling in long term care settings – exercise and management are crucial parts of quality of life  - however there are very few recreational therapies designed to meet the special needs of this group – even though exercise can reduce the pain! This article describes one model  program the tools  and measures of outcomes…

P 39 Attacking arthritis program protocol

Exercises protocol for elderly clients

Includes staff requirements; Entrance criteria; ; Duration; Safety considerations; Methods;
Components; Objectives

P 44 Competitive sports activities for men

Objectives include: Increase socialisation; Increase self-esteem and confidence;
Increase strength; Increased attention span; Improved mood; Looks at safety considerations; Staff requirements ; Entrance and exit

  • 5-3-1 basket ball
  • Three round football toss
The benefits of physical activity and exercise for people living with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia NSW Discussion Paper 11, November 2014
While people with dementia and their carers have reported several benefits of remaining physically active, it is often difficult to do so.
Declining confidence in their abilities, inappropriately designed residential aged care facilities or risk averse cultures are some of the many barriers people with dementia face.
The paper urges health and aged care providers and governments to act to ensure people with dementia are able to remain physically active as regular exercise and physical activity can help improve things like coordination, balance, functional ability, cognition and create a better sense of wellbeing.
Recommendations in the discussion paper include the Federal Government funding a series of pilot exercise programs in residential aged care and community aged care; mandate private health insurance rebates for gym memberships and exercise physiologist sessions for people with dementia and their carers; and that the Federal and State Governments encourage the delivery of exercise programs for people with dementia by offering funding incentives to aged care providers.
There are also recommendations for aged care providers to put in place exercise programs to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of people with dementia and that they ensure their environments enable mobility and freedom of movement.






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