Daphne Gormley, Santa Barbara Dx at 59. Credits dementia meds with helping. Uses water soluble crayons and felt tipped markers for my paintings. Rather than limiting my artwork, my Alzheimers seems to have unleashed a whole new area of creativity for me. Emphasizes process rather than outcome. Ambitious, motivated.
Daphne continues... One of the benefits of my art for me is that it provides me a way of communicating without words. The colors I use are colors I find to be joyous. This is a way for me express my joy in painting and in my life. AD has really taught me to concentrate on the things I can do not on the things I can no longer do.
Ideas for your setting Signature activities Exercise Evenings & Weekends Just for Men Creating theme rooms – the beauty parlor or Susies Salon?
Ideas for your setting Visiting: –Flower arranging –Gift wrapping –Mail order shopping –Organizing –Reminiscing –Movie musicals –chit chat –Outdoor time. Make it Memorable!!
Recommendations Create a Dementia Care Study Group/Team Consider a monthly or quarterly focus. Embrace Life Story work even for short stays Innovate in activities –Adult Learning –Music –Exercise –Spirituality
Recommendations Embrace creative and effective training –Monthly focus –Role plays –Mini 5 or 10 minute in-services Follow up and model as a leadership team.
Activities you think wont work sometimes do Failure Free Activities??? How many of us lead failure free lives? From failure comes growth and planned activities that go in a different direction are sometimes the most fun.
Activities as a path toward Culture Change Allow all staff to recast their work in light of activities Embrace 30 second activities Teach activities in your staff training programs Whats the cook doing in the activity room?
30 Second Rule Teaching staff (and families) that it only takes 30 seconds to be a little less task oriented and a little more person centered.