Creative Connections in Dementia Care™:
Engaging Activities to Enhance
by Rev. Katie Norris and Jennifer A. Brush M.A, CCC/SLP
The creative part of the brain remains in tact far into the progression of dementia. Thus, making art creates opportunities for meaningful engagement on many levels for people with dementia. Creative Connections in Dementia Care™ provides care partners with the knowledge and easy-to-follow steps they need to successfully implement art projects in a group or one-on-one setting. No art experience is required to implement this program!
Written for anyone who cares for a person with dementia—family members, friends, and professionals— this how-to manual is packed with guidance to help enhance communication, interactions, task breakdown, and problem-solving efforts while also encouraging the abilities of each participant.
People with dementia enjoy valuable benefits when they actively engage in a creative activity:
stress is reduced
memories can be accessed
mood and self-esteem are elevated
a sense of personal identity and achievement is experienced
To help create these opportunities, Creative Connections in Dementia Care™ provides 10 basic art project “recipes,” detailing supplies, instructions, and activity modifications, as well as colorful, step-by-step photographs that show how to demonstrate and lead the activity for the person with dementia.
Each art activity is failure-free and does not require memory skills to complete.
Bring joy and a powerful sense of connection to the lives of people experiencing dementia with this one-of-a-kind guide!