Beyond bingo: Meaningful activities for persons with dementia in nursing homes

Marianne Smith, Ann Kolanowski, Linda L. Buettner, Kathleen C. Buckwalter

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The 2006 activity revision provides important opportunities to advance the value of culture change in LTC settings. Developing and maintaining successful, person-appropriate activity programs for individuals with dementia relies on the cooperation and assistance of all team members, a basic working knowledge of dementia processes, and a sound knowledge of innovative, evidence-based activities that are matched to the interests and abilities of individual residents. Ongoing training and education of LTC staff, including but not limited to programs like the NEST and the CD-based Dementia Training programs, is a necessary first step in building facility-based, interdisciplinary teams that share responsibility for ensuring ongoing involvement in person-appropriate, meaningful activities for residents with dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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