Early-Stage Dementia Intervention

Early-Stage Dementia Intervention

Background

Older adults in the initial stages of cognitive decline can find themselves unable to participate in the many enriching activities offered by assisted living facilities and day care centers. Out of frustration, or a sense of confusion, individuals might exhibit disruptive or detached behavior. The staff of most of these institutions lack the capacity to offer specialized activities to meet the needs of these older adults in the early stages of cognitive decline.

Need

There is a need for cognitively and socially adapted programs for older adults in initial cognitive decline. Organizational staff needs support to provide these specialized programs. Professionals also lack knowledge about the unique needs of people with initial cognitive decline.

Program

The program provides targeted activities that preserve and improve the cognitive function and social skills of older adults in the early stages of dementia. The program offers recreational activities, which focus on intellectual stimulation, social opportunities and tailored physical activities.

Outcomes

  • Preserve and delay the decline in cognitive abilities
  • Individuals will remain in the assisted living/day care center framework
  • Increase awareness (professional and public) of the needs for this population
  • Participation in social activities 
  • Sense of inclusion, integration and belonging to the community
  • Feels secure due to presence of support network

Contract dates

2015 - 2017 (assisted living facilities)

2015 - 2018 (day care centers)

Partners

Ministry of Welfare, National Insurance Institute, assisted living facilities, Day Care Centers for Older Adults, Associations for Older Adults