Rolla – Activities and Dementia: Fun, Meaningful and Adapting is Key!

Date(s) - 05/01/2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Rolla Presbyterian Manor, Community Room


Target Audience: Nursing Home Administrators, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Social Workers, Activity Directors, Occupational and Physical Therapist, Dietary, Diabetes Educators
CE Approved: Nursing Home Administrators (5 patient care hours)
Program: Registration 8:30 a.m., Program 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Purpose: We have all been to dementia trainings and what activities to do for those who have dementia.  What makes this session unique is we are going to dive into how to choose the right activities to meet the residents’ needs & preferences and how to implement activities with success.  The purpose of this to look at how to adapt activities and what is the best type of activities so that residents can still enjoy the activities they have always done.  Just because they have memory loss, it doesn’t mean they can’t do what they have always loved.  Our jobs is to implement successful activities and moments and that is done by using the residents strengths, interests and it is all on how we use adapting skills and to meet them “where they are at”


  • Discuss basic overview of dementia and activities that are successful for those with dementia
  • Identify reasons why it’s important to adapt activities, how to meet the resident in the “gray” area and analyze & learn adapting skills so that residents can do as much as possible for themselves.
  • Share ways on how to identify residents strengths and remaining abilities and how to program activities to support these strengths.

Speaker: Shelly McGuire, BS, Regional Activity Consultant, Parc Provence and The McKnight Place Communities, St. Louis, Missouri. Shelly works with the Activity Directors in a wide facet of jobs and also assists with training in all three communities from leadership training programs, dementia trainings and All Staff Meetings.  Prior to Shelly becoming the Regional Activity Consultant, she worked over 9 years as the original Activity Director at Parc Provence (a leading memory care community in St. Louis).  During that time, she assisted with startup of Parc Provence and she implemented and successfully ran an outstanding activity program based on resident interests and organized cognitive level programs.  She managed 25 staff, ran a successful on boarding process in her department, training program and was involved in the mentorship program that was used community wide.   She was the Activity Director of the Year in 2010 through Activity Director Association of MO and was president of A.D.A.M. in 2011-2012.  She has been an Activity Director since 1997.


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