Doing Things: A Guide to Programing Activities for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

Doing Things: A Guide to Programing Activities for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

Doing Things shows how to provide a positive environment for persons with Alzheimer’s disease by offering opportunities for social interaction and constructive, enjoyable activities. Zgola outlines the ways in which a patient’s functional impairment can be assessed; the strengths, weaknesses, and needs most commonly encountered among persons with Alzheimer’s disease; and ways activities can be tailored to accommodate them. She offers step-by-step instructions for selecting and presenting appropriate activities and includes cooking and crafts projects, a sample exercise routine, and a sample daily schedule. The techniques she describes are designed to promote a sense of security and self-esteem, by avoiding possible sources of confusion or confrontation.

Based on the highly successful program developed at one day-care facility for persons with dementia, Doing Things offers an invaluable guide for professionals and volunteers supervising activities at day-care centers and extended-care facilities―as well as for individuals who are caring for patients at home. Throughout, Zgola’s emphasis is on treating persons who have Alzheimer’s disease with empathy, courtesy, and dignity.

Doing Things shows how to provide a positive environment for persons with Alzheimer’s disease by offering opportunities for social interaction and constructive, enjoyable activities. Zgola outlines the ways in which a patient’s functional impairment can be assessed; the strengths, weaknesses, and needs most commonly encountered among persons with Alzheimer’s disease; and ways activities can be tailored to accommodate them. She offers step-by-step instructions for selecting and presenting appropriate activities and includes cooking and crafts projects, a sample exercise routine, and a sample daily schedule. The techniques she describes are designed to promote a sense of security and self-esteem, by avoiding possible sources of confusion or confrontation.

Based on the highly successful program developed at one day-care facility for persons with dementia, Doing Things offers an invaluable guide for professionals and volunteers supervising activities at day-care centers and extended-care facilities―as well as for individuals who are caring for patients at home. Throughout, Zgola’s emphasis is on treating persons who have Alzheimer’s disease with empathy, courtesy, and dignity.

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