Alzheimer’s


Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Physical/Sensorimotor:

  • Provides sensory stimulation
  • Improves range of motion
  • Improves gait
  • Increases endurance
  • Increases mobility
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases gross/fine motor skills
  • Increases muscle tone

Emotional/Behavioral:

  • Improves quality of life
  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Non-medicinal or nonpharmacological way to manage pain or discomfort
  • Increases independence
  • Increases coping skills
  • Increases motivation
  • Increases relaxation
  • Decreases behaviors, “sundowning”
  • Provides an outlet for emotional expression
  • Provides a form of emotional intimacy with families and loved ones
  • Improves daily living skills
  • Provides a sense of control due to success

Cognitive:

  • Increases decision-making skills
  • Improves short-term memory
  • Increases memory recall (opportunities to reminisce)
  • Increases call-and-response
  • Improves impulse control
  • Increases awareness of self and their surroundings

Communication:

  • Increases oral recall
  • Improves communication
  • Provides a form of communication

Social:

  • Increases socialization
  • Improves social interaction with loved ones, peers, and caregivers
  • Increases self-initiation