The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia


A Planning and Intervention Guide

ISBN 978-1-938870-39-2
8.5 x 11
152 pages
© May 2017

Product Description

Enjoy the benefits and reduced stress that come from reconnecting people with dementia to lifelong activities they love. Using a strength-based approach, this guide shows step by step how to design meaningful, individualized activities that can be performed by a person with memory loss as independently as possible. Helpful assessment and implementation tools guide your efforts to identify a person’s optimal leisure activities and then tailor them to current skill levels. The resulting activity plans will effectively promote the well-being and self-identity of each person with memory loss.

Downloadable resources include:

  • Communication strategies and conversations starters
  • Assessment forms
  • Step-by-step implementation guides
  • Sample activities adapted for early, middle, and late stages of dementia

Downloadable Resources
About the Authors
Foreword, by Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.


  • The Connections Approach
  • Connections Field Testing

Chapter 1: Overview of the Connections Process and Its Tools

  • Connections Activity Intervention Process and Tools

Chapter 2: Preparing for a Successful First Visit

  • Understanding Dementia
  • A Person-Centered Approach
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication Through the Dementia Stages
  • Planning for Successful Connections

Chapter 3: Making the Connection and Assessing the Individual’s Needs

  • Conversation Starters
  • Leisure Interest Survey
  • Cognitive Function Checklist
  • Information Summary

Chapter 4: Activity Design and Program Set Up

  • Selecting the Appropriate Activity
  • Modifying the Environment
  • Setting Up the Activity Center
  • Setting Up the Central Organizer
  • Using Central Organizers to Support People with Dementia

Chapter 5: Connections in Practice: Case Examples

  • Case #1: Dr. Bikoff
  • Case #2: Mrs. Matthews
  • Case #3: Mr. Stuart

Chapter 6: Activity Intervention Guides


  • Leisure Interest Survey
  • Cognitive Function Checklist
  • Information Summary


Coming soon!

Ellen Bikoff-Phipps, CTRS, MSG, is Vice President of Programs & Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, and part-time adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Gerontology. She specializes in creative therapeutic design for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Barbara A. Braddock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She has a special interest in healthcare and therapeutic service delivery systems for persons experiencing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.


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