Alzheimer's Habilitation Purposeful Engagement

 

Module 7:
Activity and
Purposeful
Engagement

What activities do you enjoy?
What gives you a sense of purpose?

What You’ll Learn

Identify 2 ways activity helps someone
with dementia

Recognize that every care task can be an activity

Recognize 2 different types of
questions we can use

Recognize that the 5 senses
(see, hear, touch, taste & smell);
will help them focus on an activity

Activity and
Purposeful Engagement

Every Care Task Can Be an Activity

When Talking and Connecting

DON’TS

Don’t expect things to always “make sense”

Don’t expect it to be “correct”

Don’t get frustrated – laugh at yourself and try again

Don’t stop talking with clients who can’t talk

Who is Mrs. Elizabeth
Betty” Lester?

Think about What We Can Ask Betty

Easiest – Yes or No questions:

Do you like cooking? Do you like dogs? Do you like children?

Harder – Choice questions (limit choices – 2 is best):

Do you prefer pancakes or waffles?

Do you like cats or dogs?

Do you want to wear the red or blue shirt today?

Do you like it warm or cold?

Even more difficult – “Open” questions
(They must come up with an answer):

What do you like for breakfast?

What is your favorite animal?

What do you like to sing?

Where did you grow up?

Helping Betty
Join Conversation and Activity

The 5 Senses and Activity with Betty

Some Possible Activities with Betty

Grew up on a farm:

Create farm picture book with magazines

Care for plants, plant seeds

Guided talk about farm life

Have fun with animal sounds

See, touch, smell, taste talk with real fruits & vegetables

Raised a family:

See, touch, smell with baby things

Reminisce with family photos

Sort/fold laundry

Pick good names for girls or boys

Fun with nursery rhymes, lullabies

 

What did we
talk about today?

Let’s review…

Activity

Every Care Task Can Be an Activity

Can be as simple as eye contact,  smile, or laughter

Personal care tasks like:

Choosing clothes for the day

Working together while bathing

Singing together as you do
their hair

A shared talk or story

Sorting clothes, coins,
buttons, pictures

 

 

 

Think about What We Can Ask Betty

Easiest – Yes or No questions:

Do you like cooking? Do you like dogs? Do you like children?

Harder – Choice questions (limit choices – 2 is best):

Do you prefer pancakes or waffles?

Do you like cats or dogs?

Do you want to wear the red or blue shirt today?

Do you like it warm or cold?

Even more difficult – “Open” questions
(They must come up with an answer):

What do you like for breakfast?

What is your favorite animal?

What do you like to sing?

Where did you grow up?

Remember the 5 Senses