Purposeful activities for dementia: Alzheimer's Australia VIC

Purposeful activities for dementia: Alzheimer's Australia VIC

This video is a professional development and education resource developed for aged care and dementia care staff and carers as part of a project that recently piloted the Montessori approach in two planned aged care activity groups in Melbourne.

The project was funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home & Community Care Program (HACC) and was led by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. Purposeful activities for dementia complements other professional development resources about engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including the Relate Motivate Appreciate toolkit. Purposeful activities for dementia was developed by Alzheimer’s Australia VIC for families and aged care staff.

Purposeful Activities or Dementia offers practical ways that carers – including activity support workers, personal care attendants and other aged care professionals – can work together to engage people living with dementia in purposeful activities at home and in social groups.

In Chapter 3, viewers are encouraged to offer opportunities for purposeful engagement based on the person’s strengths rather than what the person can no longer do. Self-esteem, identity and dignity are supported through activities in which the person is likely to succeed. Simple ways for assessing strengths are suggested under four categories of ability: sensory, motor, cognitive, and social.

View all videos and download the Purposeful Activities Workbook on the Alzheimer’s Australia website: https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/vic/education-and-consulting/purposeful-activities-for-dementia

50 Comments

  1. Jan R. on July 5, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Thank-you so much for this! I am a companion caregiver for an elderly lady. My responsibility is to keep her engaged; this was VERY helpful!

  2. Bella L. on July 5, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Fantastic resource, thank you!

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  8. Vicky on July 5, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Not enough attention to it, at times, I’m one who wants to grow

  9. Karen Crain on July 5, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    We are now in February 2021. COVID has caused problems for us. My 73 year old Sister can not go out and do her volunteer work.

  10. Bella Jojo on July 5, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    such an amazing video. Well presented. Thank you for sharing!

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    Why need live the place ?those old people can take care self not too old

  12. Dementia Ninja on July 5, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Great and informative video. Thanks for posting..

  13. Kelly Smith on July 5, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for this video:) I’m a new activities director and part of my clients are in the memory care:) This was helpful

  14. Therese Ward on July 5, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    People with dementia remember how they felt about the contact with others even when they dont remember the words said.

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  16. Sandy Koch on July 5, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    This is a awesome video,Thank you

  17. Lucy Lucy on July 5, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Very very.useful my home care patients.thank u so much dear

  18. Ketsia B. on July 5, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you so much for this very informative video. I am a therapeutic recreation student and i am starting my internship soon.

  19. AHAMMAD ALI on July 5, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Wow

  20. Victor Sledge on July 5, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks so much for this video. I found this article with more tips: https://dakotahomecare.com/activities-for-loved-ones-or-clients-who-have-alzheimers/.

  21. Candice Penney on July 5, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    This video was so helpful!

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  24. Countryliving9505 on July 5, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    This works in reverse too, regardless of your age or abilities engaging in meaningful activities and social stimulation reduces your likelihood or developing dementia later on in life, there is so much we can learn from older people thankyou for sharing this video 🙂 As someone training in Disability I found this video very informative Disability and Aged Care are very similar and often overlap in many respects in fact there are many older people living with some form of disability, it is very important to promote self esteem and empowerment.

  25. Home Helpers on July 5, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    We really loved this video, here at Home Helpers Home Care. I’ll suggest it to our staff. Thanks.

  26. Harry Owen on July 5, 2022 at 11:26 pm

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    So happy to know of this.thanks

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  30. Shirley Sng on July 5, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Shirley
    Excellent video. Thanks much for sharing. This is an educational and insightful video for carers of aged care-recipients. I hear much of arts and music therapy intervention for patients with dementia. I am excited that we could do with horticultural therapy as well. It is also a good reminder that we must be person-centered when handling the aged care-recipients, and to capitalize on their strengths.

  31. Vivienne Abrahams-Aliveriotis on July 5, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Extremely informative and useful

  32. R.G. Rebecca on July 5, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    This is awesome.

  33. Jordie Hill on July 5, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Awesome thank you for this info very helpful

  34. Sharla Seidel on July 5, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    This is such helpful, in depth information about the importance of keeping seniors active and engaged in life. I found this article also provides good information about the importance of finding and maintaining purpose for older adults: https://www.jfscare.org/finding-purpose-in-later-years/

  35. Crinklycrackly Journals DebKeo on July 5, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Amazing video. We frequently visit my father in law in a long term facility where he is, it is so discouraging and heartbreaking to see everyone parked in front of the television all day and night long. I wish this kind of care and planning was mandatory in all senior’s facilities because every human being needs to be valued and appreciated, even with dimentia. Very well done.

  36. Tiffany M. on July 5, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    My dementia client refuses to help with anything because he says it’s MY job to do everything.

  37. creator on July 5, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    That’s great.

  38. ケアホームカナンチャンネル on July 5, 2022 at 11:36 pm

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  39. Right a Wrong on July 5, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Seems every where I have looked there isn’t and direct gentle targeted physical exercise fir people with more severe dementia?

  40. Kath Constance on July 5, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Wonderful.

  41. Harry Owen on July 5, 2022 at 11:43 pm

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  44. Christian's Grandma on July 5, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    At the last stage, all I can do with mom is push her in the wheelchair outside when its warm. She listens to blues music also.

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  48. Daniela Gonçalves on July 5, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Happy New Year @nd Thank you so much for share this kind of specific knowledge on Cognitive Training for Elder People with Dementia.
    I’m Portuguese, and I’ve been doing Cognitive Training with People with dementia.
    Since four weeks until now, I’ve been working using Bricks/LEGOS as a Useful Tool, and I’m fascinated with Daily Results on Elder Cognitive Health and Mood.
    When People are Working with Bricks/LEGOS, on a LEGos plataform, they Smile, pay very Atention (focus), and other Cognitive Functions are Improved, Including Working Memory – although here the results are shy, on the four weeks of LEGOS Cognitive Training… But could bring some surprises after Daily work, in some months.
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  49. Roseline Grimes on July 5, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Very educational wish we could do all of this but because of COVID-19 our residents are all in their room. Please Lord let us come back to normal. Thanks for this educational video

  50. JacquieBarry Lester on July 5, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    This is so wonderful – a lovely center for the clients

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