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creating moments of joy: for the
person with Alzheimer’s or dementia
when a person has short-term memory
loss, their life is made up of moments.
we might not be able to create a
perfectly wonderful day with those
who have dementia, but it is possible to
create perfectly wonderful moments.
Moments that put smiles on their faces,
a twinkle in their eyes, or triggers their
memory. Five minutes later, they might
not remember what you did or said, but
the feeling you left them with will linger.
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.
At home with dementia:
a manual for people with
dementia and their carers
this publication presents a range of
possible solutions to issues commonly
faced by people with dementia
living at home. Perhaps even more
importantly, it suggests ways of
approaching and solving problems
at home. the information is primarily
for carers. A person- centred care
approach dominates a new culture of
care for people with dementia and this
publication acknowledges this approach.
Person- centred care recognises the
person with dementia as a whole,
their unique identity and how they are
influenced by factors other than the
physical changes in their brain.
At home with dementia is designed
to help carers locate resources and
products that can help support the
person living with dementia to remain
living at home for as long as possible.
for successful aging
the ageing population and rising
average life span are transforming
current perspectives on growing
older, retirement, and senior living
communities. to ensure environments
meet the changing needs of older
adults, a re - conception of housing,
communities, and neighbourhoods
Drawing from the fields of
gerontology, health sciences,
community planning, landscape
architecture, and environmental
design, this groundbreaking resource
provides an in- depth examination
of current elder housing practices
and strategies, alongside goals
for the future. Housing models,
such as continuing care retirement
communities, shared housing, and
co -housing, are evaluated, and best
practice recommendations presented.
Relate, motivate, appreciate:
a Montessori Resource –
promoting positive interaction
with people with dementia
the relate, Motivate, Appreciate
model uses three approaches to
enable the person living with dementia
to regain control of aspects of their
life, through meaningful activities
that have a purpose.
relate: the person you know has
lived a rich and full life. they may
have been a parent, spouse, brother,
sister, professional, friend or lover.
the most important step is to be able
to relate to and focus on their past
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. What
activities did they do in the past?
For example, did they enjoy:
• cooking? – if so, consider pouring or
• accounting? – counting, writing
• gardening? – growing flowers
• music? – listening, dancing, playing
Appreciate: You may experience
feelings of loss and grief for the
relationship you once had with the
person living with dementia. it is
important that we try to give the
person confidence and, in that sense,
return some meaning to their lives.
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these items and more are
available to members of
Alzheimer’s Australia nSW,
and can be picked up from and
returned to local resources
centres and offices. Resources
can also be posted to you. If
there’s something you would
like more information about
just contact Michelle in the
library to borrow items.
t: (02) 9888 4218
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