The Positive Interactions Program of Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

By Sylvia Nissenboim, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., and Christine Vroman, L.P.N.

ISBN 978-1-878812-40-7
176 pages
7 x 10 papercover
© 1997

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For too long, caregiving has been done to people with Alzheimer’s disease on the assumption they can no longer do anything for themselves. But increasingly, care providers are recognizing how much can be done with someone with dementia—that activities and interactions can be enjoyable for both care receiver and caregiver. The Positive Interactions Program of Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease outlines an individualized approach that helps you customize your activities to the existing needs and abilities of a person at any stage in the disease.

Featuring 92 step-by-step activities for immediate implementation, this book also provides valuable communication tips that promote positive interactions in each of four categories:

  • creative arts
  • daily living skills
  • physical exercise
  • sensory experiences

Professionals in a range of settings—activity directors, social workers, home health caregivers, nurses, nursing assistants, and volunteers—as well as family caregivers can use this activity program to enhance the quality of life of someone in their care.

About the Authors

Overview of the Disease Process

  • Stages 0.5-1: Questionable-Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Stage 2: Moderate Cognitive Impairment
  • Stage 3: Severe Cognitive Impairment

Outline of the Positive Interactions Program

The Activities Plan

  • Assessment
  • Activity Categories
    • Activities for People in CDR Stage 1
    • Activities for People in CDR Stage 2
    • Activities for People in CDR Stage 3
  • Preparation of the Activity Environment
  • Implementation of the Activities Plan
  • Evaluation
  • Working with a Group
  • Activities Supplies

Your Approach to the Activities

  • Steps
    • Familiarizing
    • Naming
    • Demonstrating
    • Encouraging and Rewarding
  • Guidelines for Clear Communicating
  • Dealing with Disruptive Behaviors

The Activities

  • Creative Arts Activities
    • Baked Dough Art (Magnets, Beads, Garland)
    • Creative Drawing to Music
    • Dried Flower Bookmarks
    • Eggshell Mosaic
    • Embossed Stationery
    • Fabric Printing
    • Leaf Prints
    • No-Bake Dough Art
    • Painting with Marbles
    • “Stained Glass” Pictures 1
    • “Stained Glass” Pictures 2
    • String Art
    • Vegetable Prints
    • Wet Paper Watercolors
    • Woodworking
  • Daily Living Skills Activities
    • Baking Cookies
    • Brushing Hair
    • Brushing Teeth
    • Caring for Pets
    • Clipping Coupons
    • Dressing
    • Dusting Furniture
    • Enjoying the Mail
    • Food Preparation
    • Labeling Cabinets and Drawers
    • Laundry—Sorting
    • Laundry—Folding
    • Making Beds
    • Setting the Table
    • Showering
    • Vacuuming
    • Washing/Drying Dishes
  • Physical Activities
    • Ball Games/Balloon Games
    • Balloons/Punch Balls
    • Bean Bag Toss
    • Bouncing Balls
    • Gardening
    • Kick Ball
    • Raking Leaves
    • Squish Ball
    • Stretching and “Kvetching”
    • Sweeping Floors
    • Velcro Darts
    • Walking
    • Walking a Par Course
    • Watering Plants
  • Sensory Activities
    • Color Matching
    • Colored Cubes—Creating Patterns
    • Colored Cubes with Patterns
    • Comparing Different Balls
    • Connect the Dots
    • Familiar Sounds
    • Family Photographs/Videotapes
    • Finding the Incorrect Shape
    • Finding Objects in Sand
    • Finger Paints in a Plastic Bag
    • Flavor Identification
    • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Hand-Cut Puzzles
    • Hand-Eye Integration with Markers
    • Hand-Eye Integration with Scissors
    • Height Discrimination
    • Identifying Objects by Touch
    • Identifying a Scent
    • Latching/Unlatching Locks
    • Listening to Music
    • Lotion and Massage
    • Matching Foods and Ingredients
    • Matching Jars and Lids
    • Matching Object to Outline
    • Matching Related Objects
    • Measurement—Rice and Jars
    • Modeling Clay
    • Number Matching 1
    • Number Matching 2
    • Number Matching 3
    • Nuts and Bolts
    • Object Matching
    • Outlining Shapes
    • Pattern Matching
    • Peg Board
    • Petting Animals
    • Replicating Sounds
    • Shape Determination
    • Size Discrimination 1
    • Size Discrimination 2
    • Tea Aromas
    • Tea Tasting
    • Texture Matching
    • Topical Pictures
    • Zippers, Buttons, and Velcro

Suggested Reading

The Positive Interactions Program for People with Alzheimer’s Disease (Nissenboim Excerpt) by Health Professions Press

Sylvia Nissenboim, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is the Director of the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) Adult Day Services, St. Louis, and the Assistant Director of Senior Services at JCCA. She holds a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University.

Ms. Nissenboim has worked extensively with the Missouri Adult Day Care Association, serving as presidents from 1985 to 1987. She has served on a wide variety of committees with the Alzheimer’s Association Speaker’s Bureau, Project Esteem, Youth Support Groups, and the Public Education and Relations Committee of the Missouri Alliance for Home Care. She speaks at local, state, and national conferences, and has published numerous articles.

Christine Vroman, L.P.N., has received a degree in human services from Meramec College and a degree in management from Maryville University. Her diverse educational background and her dedication to advocate for a variety of people with disabilities led her to the discovery that the principles and objectives outlined in the Positive Interactions Program can be applied to a number of groups with disabilities. In conjunction with her involvement with Sylvia Nissenboim and their growing consulting and training programs, Ms. Vroman is working with the Life Skills Foundation in St. Louis, where she focuses on promoting competitive employment for people with disabilities.

2 reviews for The Positive Interactions Program of Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. admin

    “…a fantastic resource for Activity/Recreation Director and their staffs, Social Workers, Home Health Caregivers, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, and Volunteers.”
    -Creative Forecasting

  2. admin

    “…wonderful book … highly recommended and should be on the bookshelf of all dementia units.”
    -Alzheimers News New Zealand

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