Engagement – Now More Than Ever
by Keith Icove,
PAC Lead Product Coordinator
The need for meaningful engagement activities for people living with dementia has always been vital. Even more so now that we are living in the new normal of COVID-19 where many care partners are isolated at home and may not have the additional support they are used to. Positive Approach® to Care has numerous resources that can help you plan and implement engagement activities. There are also many resources you can find on the internet.
I recently came across a useful post on the Seniorlink blog that pulls together 50 tips and ideas for keeping people living with dementia active and engaged through everyday activities, outings, cognitively challenging tasks, and social and emotional activities. It includes helpful tips for selecting activities that are appropriate based on the person’s interests, abilities, and other considerations. Most of the activities mentioned can be done at home with items you probably already have in your house. Click here to find out more.
Music, singing, and dance are some of our favorite engagement activities as the abilities of rhythm and song are usually retained, even with brain change. With our partners, Alzheimer’s Music Connect, and Mary Sue Wilkinson, we offer numerous music resources with how-to information to help you bring joy and connection to engagement activities. Click here to access our music resources.
Check out Mary Sue’s free video tips for better Sing-a-longs here.
And finally, our newest recorded webinar, the five-part Engagement Series, helps answer the question, “How do you fill a day for someone else without losing your ability to meet your own needs?” Available now for just $10, it is chock full of ideas that will support you in creating days full of meaningful engagement, click here.