Activities for People Living with Dementia

Activities for People Living with Dementia 

The purpose of this course is to discuss the importance of maintaining activities for people living with dementia. Strategies for creating and implementing activities are discussed. Different activity ideas are explored along with choices as they relate to the stage of disease a resident maybe in. The correlation between activities and agitation is discussed along with tips for managing escalating behavior during activities.

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Hours: 1.00
REL-PAC-0-DEME220

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

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Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1933559

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-DEME220
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2020
Learning Objectives:
State the importance of activities in the lives of people living with dementia.
Discuss the six principles for creating activities.
Identify the different types of activities and explain how to implement them with a person
who is living with dementia.
Discuss strategies for implementing activities with residents who may feel agitated or
become agitated.

Outline:

1. Activities for residents with Alzheimer’s disease



a. Reasons to maintain activities for people living with dementia



i. Illness prevention



ii. Sense of importance and value



iii. Control and independence



iv. Something to look forward to



v. Productive and useful



vi. Sense of meaning



b. Know your residents well (person-centered care)



i. Evaluate their preferences



ii. Daily needs



iii. Capabilities



iv. How a they like to be engaged



v. What kind of stimulation or soothing to they need



c. Checkpoint 1: Question (multiple choice)



d. Six principles for creating activities



i. Enjoy the activity



ii. Relate the activities to lifelong interests and abilities



iii. Caregivers should initiate activities



iv. Focus on the senses (sign, sound, smell, taste, and touch)



v. Focus on past times that were meaningful



vi. Keep activities short



vii. Checkpoint 2: Match the principle with the activity



e. Activity-based care



i. Personal encounter



ii. From the environment



iii. Daily routines



iv. Self-care



v. Planned and scheduled events



vi. Spontaneous



f. Individual activity



i. Helps residents maintain attention span



ii. Provides intimate private time to build relationships



g. Group activity



i. Promotes socialization and sense of belonging



h. Examples of individual and group activities



i. Fiddle box



ii. Deck of cards



iii. Fabric box



iv. Beach ball



v. Untying knots



vi. Rolling yarn



vii. Matching shapes and pictures



viii. Cupcake decorations



2. Cutting pictures out of calendars and magazines



3. Household tasks



4. Music



5. Choosing activities using A person-centered care approach



a. Consider the individual



b. Skills and abilities



c. What the person enjoys



d. Initiation of the activity



e. Awareness of physical skills and problems



f. Spiritual or religious traditions



g. Relate activities to life, work history, relationships



h. Consider time of day



i. Adjust activities to the stage of dementia



6. Checkpoint 3: Question (true/false) and drag & drop activities



7. Approach to activities



a.



b. Start the activity



c. Offer support and supervision



d. Concentrate on the process, NOT the result



e. Be flexible



f. Use simple easy-to-follow steps



g. Provide assistance



h. Create personal importance



i. Make a connection with each resident



j. Don’t criticize or correct the person



k. Encourage self-expression



l. Engage with conversation



m. Substitute activity for behavior



n. Reschedule



8. Provide opportunities for activities



a. Focus on the activity not the result



b. Break into simple steps



c. Connect with the person



d. Observe for distress



9. Checkpoint 4: (multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false question)



10. Activity ideas by stage



a. Early stage



i. Checkpoint 5: (multiple choice question)



b. Middle stage



i. Checkpoint 6: (multiple choice question)



c. Late stage



i. Checkpoint 7: (multiple choice question)



11. Engaging agitated and aggressive residents



a. Matching activities with abilities



i. Be observant



ii. Be flexible



iii. Be creative



b. Balance of engagement and safety



c. Considerations for approach and timing



i. Direct observation for:



1. Hand ringing



2. Pacing



3. Isolation



4. Verbalizations



5. Ability to communicate



ii. Environmental factors



1. Daily routine



2. Interactions with other residents



12. Sleep Assess for pain



i. iv.  Flexibility – consider changing activity



13. Tips for managing agitation and aggression



a. Stop the activity



b. Actively listen



c. Show kindness



d. Simple solutions



e. Minimize communication



f. Preserve dignity



14. Case study – Frances & Jason



15. Advanced tactics for managing behavior



a. Remain calm



b. Ensure safety of self and other residents



c. Validate feelings



d. Decrease stimulation



e. Call 911 if situation is unsafe



16. Summary and conclusion



17. Link to the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association


Instructor: Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW, ACHP-SW, CSW-G
Catherine Zimmerman is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has a private practice providing counseling services to people of all ages and all stages of their lives. She is a freelance healthcare writer and speaker specializing in mental health, ethics, hospice and palliative care, gerontological topics, substance misuse, caregiving, stress and trauma.  Zimmerman received her master's degree from Portland State University thirty years ago and is certified in clinical social work-Gerontology. Zimmerman supervises and mentors therapists seeking licensure in Oregon or Washington states. She is the current President of the Washington chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and has provided public presentations on over twenty topics and has numerous published works. Disclosure: Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW, ACHP-SW, CSW-G has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Cynthia McDaniel, MSN, RN
Cynthia McDaniel MSN RN, is a nurse and administrative consultant in long term care. She is the CEO of ElderWise Inc, a senior living consulting and education group. Cynthia has worked as a nurse consultant for the States of Oregon and Washington,  a geriatric care manager, a regional director of clinical operations for a senior living company, and an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Her research in assisted living focused on the characteristics of residents in assisted living communities and the role of the nurse in assisted living. Cynthia holds a Master's of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University in nursing education. She is a Fellow of the Sigma Theta Tau/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy.  Disclosure: Cynthia McDaniel, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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