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Alzheimer's Australia VIC: Purposeful activities for dementia – Chapter 1



This video is a professional development and education resource developed for aged care and dementia care staff and carers as part of a project that recently piloted the Montessori approach in two planned aged care activity groups in Melbourne.

The project was funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home & Community Care Program (HACC) and was led by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. Purposeful activities for dementia complements other professional development resources about engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including the Relate Motivate Appreciate toolkit. Purposeful activities for dementia was developed by Alzheimer’s Australia VIC for families and aged care staff.

Purposeful Activities or Dementia offers practical ways that carers – including activity support workers, personal care attendants and other aged care professionals – can work together to engage people living with dementia in purposeful activities at home and in social groups.

Chapter 1 highlights the importance of purposeful engagement in encouraging independence, offering choice, maintaining connections with others and generally supporting well-being.

This chapter also describes different types of Montessori-based purposeful engagement and illustrates different ways to meaningfully engage people with dementia. Viewers are reminded that it is the person with dementia who decides what activities are purposeful and meaningful to them.

View all videos and download the Purposeful Activities Workbook on the Alzheimer’s Australia website:

View the entire Purposeful Activities for Dementia video resource on Youtube at:

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