The Importance of Providing Learning Opportunities for the Elderly in Long Term Care

The Importance of Providing Learning Opportunities for the Elderly in Long Term Care

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A learning environment makes life more fulfilling. It inspires and stimulates individuals while staving off loneliness by providing opportunities for social engagement, another important factor influencing well-being.

We all have natural abilities, some of which we have never had the chance to develop; but it is never too late!

A learning environment makes life more fulfilling. It inspires and stimulates individuals while staving off loneliness by providing opportunities for social engagement, another important factor influencing well-being.

More than ever before, scientific research reveals that stimulated brains are key to a healthy life.

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Solange 28th Jan 2017
Hi Helen, I think you are doing well; it is a challenge to motivate clients when their attention span is so short. You could try activities such as Proverbs, Nursery Rhymes/Lullaby, Scent Guessing, and quizzes which remain in their mind despite dementia. By all means try audience participation and flash card short stories. Best wishes.
Helen 27th Jan 2017
Our Seniors Church members about 4-5 members visit one Care facility about once every 3 months due the scheduling of other programs for the High Care participants. We play the piano and sing small chorus's familiar from Sunday School. Its the short talks I'm concerned about. It can be a bible story or one with a moral or just something to get their interest. None could play a game. most are confined to beds, while others just sit un-engaged. As I am a fairly bright Senior, I try to speak slowly and clear, I try eye contact and touching as well. I can see that their attention span is limited but I am trying to find ways to spark their interest. Should I try Audience participation? tell a story with flash cards? any help would be really appreciated.
Lorraine 24th Jan 2017
I will include a learning activity on the next calendar - sounds great
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