The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia

The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia


A Planning and Intervention Guide

ISBN 978-1-938870-39-2
8.5 x 11.
approx. 112 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

Foreword (by Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.)
About the Authors

  1. Connections in Practice
    • Connections Process and the Tools
    • Activity Framework
  1. Getting Started: A Person-Centered Approach
    • Understanding the Disease: What to Expect and Strategies for Interacting
    • A Person-Centered Philosophy
    • Use Your EQ (Emotional Intelligence)
    • From Theory to Practice
    • Making the Connection: Conversation Starters
    • Leisure Interest Survey
    • Strength-Based Programming: Cognitive Function Checklist and Summary
  1. Implementing the Connections Activity Program
    • Modifying the Environment
    • Activity Center Set Up
    • Creating the Central Organizer
  1. Color-Coded Guided Interventions
    • Early Stage Activities (Blue-Coded Interventions): Gardening, Painting, Cards, Scrabble, Making a Sandwich
    • Middle Stage Activities (Red-Coded Guided Interventions): Gardening, Otoscope, Painting, Cards, Music, Scrabble, Making a Sandwich, Memory Care Group Settings: Art Viewing/Discussion, Reminiscing/Discussion
    • Late Stage Activities (Green-Coded Guided Interventions): Gardening (Herbs), Painting, Art Viewing, Feeding the Animals, Cleaning Mirror

Appendix: Tips for the Home

  • Home Safety Check List
  • 10 Tips for Keeping Your Independence


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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