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I have found some resourceful tools through this website. The book store has two books that I recommend ordering. #1 Activities For The Mind. #2 Mothballs In My Attic. Both are great books and you will find more than enough activities to help with the different stages of Alzheimers.

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Alzheimer's Activities

 

I try to incorporate themes throughout the day! Wednesday's Pet Edition educational newsletter - Animal Craft - Animal Cookies - Animal Sequencing using colored rubber animals that you can stack. I to would love to see your calendars.

 

Good Luck! :wub:

 

Jenny Livingston

 

Activity Coordinator

 

jll@usa.com

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I need ideas for Alzheimers particpiants. My job plans to open an Alzheimers/Dementia Day center. I need help on how to plan day to day activites. For example on Monday 9 am it will be coffee and juice time, 10 it will be current events ect... What activites do others do at their site??? Thank you!!!!!

 

 

go to www.memorystreets.com there are a variety of question and answer books I use with my alzheimer's /dementia residents and they respond very well. It makes them feel good about themselves when they know the answers.

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Hope this helps - I created this daily shedule for my Alzheimer's Program. I thought it was easier to build my monthly calendar from this. Plus, I posted this calendar next to the monthly calendar in case I wanted to devate from the original activity, but always stayed with the same activity domain. For example: if I had a specific Arts and Crafts activity down for the monthly activity at 11:00 and I decided to go with something else I stayed within the domain of A& C.

 

 

Alzheimer's Daily Schedule -- from www.activitydirector.com

 

 

 

8:00 ADL's

 

8:30 Reality Orientation

 

9:00 Exercise

 

9:30 Cognitive Therapy/Discussion Group

 

10:00 Snack and Hydration Program

 

10:30 Sequencing/Sorting Activity

 

11:00 Arts & Crafts

 

12:00 Lunch

 

1:00 Sensory Stimulation Activity

 

1:30 Recreational/Physical Activity

 

2:00 Special Event/Club

 

3:00 Reminiscing Activity

 

4:00 Relaxation Activity

 

4:30 ADL's

 

5:00 Dinner

 

6:00 Sensory Stimulation Activity

 

Hi Tinki,

 

My name is Marie. I work in Glasgow, Scotland in a nursing home for residents who have moderate to severe dementia. I am responsible for providing activities for the residents and at times I struggle with this. I am always try to introduce new and meaningful activities and I love my job. I would appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your programme as I was really impressed with the one you posted years ago.

 

Many thanks

 

Marie Galligan

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Hi,

 

I have a Alzheimer's Unit where I work at as well. The residents really enjoy MUSIC, SING-A-LONGS, story telling-children's books, trivia questions, famous sayings, edible arts and crafts, pet therapy, any type of entertainment, and historical facts especially about presidents.

 

Dormisha

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We have many different programs in our memory Care Unit. Our residents are affected in varying degrees by dementia, but they still enjoy a full range of activities. Playing with the parachute is very popular-- put 3 soft small balls in the center and ask them to try to keep them on the parachute. We do various different exercise programs, and there is at least one every day. Our residents like to think up songs to sing to familiar movements like Row Row your boat or If You're Happy and You know It. Or have them pick card from the deck to see how many repetitions of each exercie they must do. We also have cooking club, table games of all sorts, cards (sometimes simplified) and dice games. Try Fly Swatter Volleyball. All you need is cheap fly swatters and a bag of Mylar balloons. The residents can sit in a circle and hit at the balloon both in the air or on the ground. Music programs are also popular -- sing-a-longs, Name that Tune, etc.

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Well here is what I am learning.  Most of our residents are now low functioning so current activities seem to be upsetting in a group enviroment because some of them may think at that moment they are a youngster, and then they get confused and start to get everyone around them upset.  I Love to do Tai-Chi with them.  They love it.  I don't know why but even on those days when you just can't seem to get them going, I will go into Tai-Chi and the majority of them will participate.  Don't get me wrong they love to be active.  In fact, kickball is the most popular program at our facility, but it does wear them down.  Catch is their second favorite.  I often will start them with Tai-Chi and then go into the bunny hop and the hokey pokey.  Although the majority of them are wheelchair residents, they love to do these activities seated.  Also, they like to do rythm moves with me.  For example, clap twice, stomp once, and kick your leg in the air.  They will do it without direction once it starts going they will just follow what you do.  The same thing happens with Tai-Chi they just follow my moves I don't ever tell them what we are doing they just do it.  Hope that helps.

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I would love to get copies of any of your memory calenders as well if you could email them to cbrown@lamplightcommunities.com or fax to my attention Christine Brown activity director 414-771-4013.  We open a memory care floor in our assisted living and will soon convert a second floor to memory care.  Our residents have mild to moderate dementia.  We have some that just refuse to go to activities.  They would rather watch tv in their rooms.  How do you deal with thid?  Do you have activities going constantly or are there breaks between each group activity?

 

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Hello Everyone,

 

What a wonderful discussion! This is my first post here on AD Network, and I am excited to share my ideas and learn from your experiences. That being said, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to share calendars and incorporate new activities into my program. Please email me at llemack@gmail.com

 

I will say I have had much success with robotic life-like animals and Hexbugs (links provided below). These Hexbugs are battery-operated and buzz around the table. I ask a few men at my facility that are passive participants to watch them and not to let them drop on the floor. You will be surprised how they maneuver around the table to keep that lil' bugger from falling, passive no more! B)

 

Also if anyone has a Pinterest board, please find me... https://www.pinterest.com/meeski/

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/FRR-BUSY-BUNNY/22899828

http://www.target.com/p/hexbugs-nano-vertx/-/A-14768485#prodSlot=_1_28

 

 

Best, 

Lau

 

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It really depends on the person themselves. There are so many activiites you can do with Alzheimer residents. Some of my favorite to do are activity bins, this allows each person to do something when not in groups. We have a shelf in our special care unit with bins that have different items inside. The current bins hold baby clothes for folding, mega blocks for stacking, wooden blocks for stacking/manipulating, kitchen utensils to wash in the sink, food items with Velcro on them to take apart and put back together, a miscellaneous bin of random items like glitter balls and sensory items, and a bin with magazines and a bird book with 200 bird sounds. These are a good thing to have in a special care unit or memory care facility in my opninion. As far as group activities goes, I always have success with active games like ball toss, balloon badminton, and target tosses. Also there are plenty of videos on the web you can play on youtube if you have a WII, I use the wii youtube app to play live concerts of their generations favorite bands, I use it to let them watch travelogues, there are some that are just for cuteness factor like baby animals. I hope this helps!

 

-Christin Brockway

MEPAP-010615

cbrockway@issaquahnursing.com

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I would also love to get a copy of the great information you are sharing.... Please email to:  tewebster@ensigngroup.net or please fax to: 903-739-2172   Attention Terri W.  Thank you so much!

Edited by TerriPalmerWebster

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