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New!  Alzheimer’s Calendars

When each issue of ElderCare Activities Guide comes out subscribers have the ability to login
online.  When logged in we have two different kinds of calendars available for print.  One is the
general holiday calendar and the other is our new Alzheimer's Calendars.  These calendars will
contain 2 Alzheimer's activities per week and all the other days are left blank where you can type
your own schedule.  All of the Alzheimer activities are included in the printed in the magazine and
then again with the calendar online.  Here is an example of an Alzheimer’s activity:

Adapted Multisensory Exercise

Up to 6 residents with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s  

What follows is an adaptation of a multisensory exercise intervention that, through the
combination of music, movement, and imagery, has been shown to elicit important positive
effects in nursing home residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Developed at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, this group activity improved
significantly the residents’ overall mood and their resting heart rate, and helped maintain

Materials needed:
  • A portable audio cassette player.
  • Audio cassette with gentle, uplifting music.

Also, consider that, if your group includes residents with severe Alzheimer’s, you need the same
number of volunteers, so that each elder receives one-to-one attention.

Steps to follow:
With the music playing softly in the background, invite participants to perform the following
  • Arm rolls.
  • Swimming.
  • Cycling with hands.
  • Marching.
  • Flying.

Importantly, you need to use imagery to help participants visualize the movements and increase
their involvement in the exercise. For example, you may want to encourage them to imagine that
they are:
  • Swimming in the calm sea.
  • Marching on the fields.
  • Flying with the birds in the blue sky.

Ideally, the activity should be carried out after lunch for approximately 15 minutes.

During the intervention, provide constant, additional verbal cues about tasks to perform. Say
things like, “Listen to the music,” or “Let’s move our arms/hands together!”

1.  Heyn P. “The effects of a multisensory exercise program on engagement, behavior, and
selected physiological indexes in persons with dementia,” American Journal of Alzheimer’s
Disease and Other Dementias, July-August 2003, 18(4): 247-51.
ElderCare Activities Guide
is a bi-monthly magazine that
provides useful activities,
calendars, therapeutic activities
and programs, feature stories,
specialized activities for
Alzheimer's patients and other
disease conditions, professional
medical news and much more!  

To order yours today:


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ElderCare Activities Guide
The Added Value Activities Magazine!

Here’s what you get:
1. A calendar-based publication!  The activities in each issue are based on a 2-month calendar
period, to greatly help your effective planning!  
Big pullout calendars included!
FREE access to our Internet Activities Archives when you need additional activities!
FREE access to our “Activities Assist” personalized online help program, where our experts
will help you pick specific         activities for your own specific uses!
4. All activities in our
unique “Easy-Tasking” step-by-step format, which saves you… and your
volunteers… tons of time!
5.Certified Dementia Practitioner CEU credit articles!
6. New!  Included in your free Online Activities Section: A special calendar just for
!  Now you can find specific activities, for the month’s special days, for your Alzheimer’s
residents… including activities for both high-performing and low-performing residents!  Many of
these activities are specially-prepared just for
ElderCare Activities Guide subscribers using
current evidence-based research, to help ensure that they’re as effective as possible in
improving quality-of-life issues, or cognitive abilities
!  This 2-month calendar is FREE for current
subscribers to
ElderCare Activities Guide who logon to our Internet site!  And remember… you
can modify all of our online calendars
by typing in your own activities, and downloading them for
your own use!

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From the pages of
Kate Lynch, Editor