Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It can impair an individual’s memory as well as his or her behavior and thinking. Life enrichment activities can help those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. People with the disease may not be able to communicate using words since the disease affects their thinking. Different activities, like art or music, can help the individual express him or herself.

At Valley VNA, we offer many programs specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Learn about some of our programs:

Lyrics & Laughter

Music is beneficial to those with memory loss. With singing and movement, the individual is able to express him or herself. The combination of singing and motion stimulates memories and cognition. This program is open to seniors in the community, their caregivers and family members.

Take a look at what one of our sessions is like:

Poetry at Play

This program uses classic poetry the senior may have learned when he or she was younger to spark memories. The poems are recited as a group, but the seniors also have a chance to create their own poems for emotional expression. Our seniors create one-of-a-kind poems during this once a month program.

Poetry At Play

Sensory and Touch

This program focuses on using the five senses to help an individual during difficult times. The activity helps to create peace and calm within the individual. Sensory and Touch activities include essential oils, watching the fish tank, garden visits and hand massages.

Sensory and Touch

Music and Memory

Have you ever heard a song that brought back a specific memory or time in your life? That is what Music and Memory aims to do with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Each senior has his or her own personalized playlist of songs on an iPod. They listen to the music to reconnect with the world and experience music-triggered memories.

Music and Memory

Time Slips

This program focuses on storytelling to encourage the imaginations of those with types of dementia. At each session, the seniors, with the help of a staff facilitator and storywriter, create a story from a single picture. This activity promotes self-expression.

Time slips

Small Group Activities

We regularly have small group activities for seniors with memory loss. We play games like checkers, bingo and bean bag toss. We also incorporate sensory activities, like hand massages and essential oils. Regular exercise is also important. We have stationary cycles and hand weights available to help get the senior moving.

Memory Café

Each month we hold a Memory Café at the Neenah Public Library. This program is for individuals and their family or friends who are experiencing the early stages of types of dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment. We have lively discussions, refreshments and activities for those with memory loss.

Are you looking for other activities you can incorporate into your loved one’s life? Check out the Alzheimer’s Association list of activities. If you have questions about our life enrichment activities or schedule, please contact us.