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EXPRESSIONS is a program for people diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia that focuses on different aspects of memory enhancement.
Sessions provide a safe, positive, strength-based environment that allows participants to learn, share and engage together.
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The initial screening interview with both the potential participant and his/her care partner is conducted by phone. The information gathered helps determine if the program is a good fit for each applicant.
During the in-person application appointment portion of the enrollment process, staff gathers information about the skills, talents and interests of each potential member so they can be incorporated into the activity program.
A typical day at EXPRESSIONS:
- 9:00-10:00 a.m. Arrival - includes time for greeting, having coffee, reading the paper, socializing and relaxing until formal programming begins
- 10:00-10:30 a.m. Current events and topic discussions
- 10:30-11:45 a.m. Creative Choices - a variety of activities with a focus on creative expression are offered at this time. Choices include: art appreciation, pursuing hobbies, improv, storytelling, creative art, etc.
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00-2:00 p.m. Brain fitness and educational activities - activities at this time could include memory compensation exercises, wellness distribution, speakers, coping strategies, reminiscing, discussions about changing roles/relationships, future planning, etc.
- 2:00-2:45 p.m. Exercise and movement
- 2:45-3:00 p.m. Wrap-up/departure
Benefits of Joining
Joining EXPRESSIONS offers opportunities for participants to:
- Enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence
- Use their talents and skills
- Remain active in the community
- Develop skills for living with memory loss
- Become more informed about dementia
- Equip themselves to manage daily life as the disease progresses
- Socialize with others who are experiencing similar issues
- Experience camaraderie
- Take a proactive stance related to their memory loss
- Engage in activities that support cognitive abilities
For EXPRESSIONS participants and their caregivers, they are welcomed to a monthly dinner group. At these dinners we split into groups with participants and staff meeting together to talk about what is happening at home and discuss their experiences. Caregivers are grouped together to allow sharing and support amongst those who are taking care and/or living with a loved one with Alzheimer’s. In some cases, participants bring their grandchildren and other family members. Our goal is to let the family and patients know that they aren’t in this alone. We are here to support them and provide resources