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Erica 4th Nov 2021 Program Coordinator
Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for activities to do with both Young Onset Dementia clients, as well as male clients. I have experienced a marked increase in my male population at the adult day center where I am the Actvities Coordinator. I have reccenlty enrolled a gentleman an who is in his early 50's and several other very active men who are proving very challenging to program for.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions that you may have.
Kindly, Erica Lee Collins
Hope Alzheimer's Center
Rhode Island, USA
Susan 5th Nov 2021 Activity Director
Hi Erica
Yes this can be a hard group to engage
Men can be tricky and younger residents also
I like food sports or music from their generation
First and foremost ask them what they would like to do
Don’t let them say nothing
Give them a choice of two

Ask for help from your social worker
Perhaps you can have a talking session with the residents and you and the social worker
Here are some activities for men
Maybe you can use these ideas for baby boomers
Erica 9th Nov 2021 Program Coordinator
Thank you so much Susan :)
Adam 15th Dec 2021 Activities
We have a volunteer "work" program at our center, mostly male involvement. Usual tasks include delivering mail, filling bird feeders, feeding fish in the fish pond, hanging the flag in the morning, checking locations for lights that are out, marking clocks that need adjustment, a grounds crew who would pick up litter that blew on the property. Some men may just be interested in sorting through tools, or organizing a tool box. Some these tasks may need staff involvement if you have elopement/safety concerns but it allows for a sense of accomplishment and a bit of exercise too.
Susan 16th Dec 2021 Activity Director
Hi Adam
Thank you for sharing this

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