Jeannie Ney, Golden, CO. Register Occupational Therapist in geriatric treatment methods.
Suzanne Henn, Park Ridge, IL. Marketing and Account Executive with experience as a Fundraising Developer for non-profits.
Joyce St. Amand, Des Moise, IA. TRS. Recreational Therapist for seniors.
Our Dementia Activities Specialists
Sensory Outings Company professionals have 10+ years of experience and are trained by the highly regarded Alzheimer’s Association of Denver. We use Validation Therapyand have to Teepa Snow’s seminars. Our staff will wear a mask and use disinfectant before and after each activity.
Additionally, we follow the Montessori Method for dementia that includes:
- The activity should have a sense of purpose and capture the person’s interest.
- Offer choices wherever possible.
- Talk less. Demonstrate more.
- Use visual hints, cues or templates.
- Go from simple tasks to more complex ones.
- Focus on what the person can do with physical skills.
- Think engagement. There is no wrong or right.
- Foster a positive interaction.
Our professionals know that Alzheimer’s disease effects all five senses that include seeing or watching, listening, touching and feeling, tasting and smelling. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, listening is the least effected. Sight is the first to be affected by the disease. The peripheral vision continues to narrow the field of view and spatial awareness becomes lost (Teepa Snow, 2016). Other senses such as touching and tasting will progressively become enhanced, and smells will progressively become odorless. These are key factors that play into how Sensory Outings professionals interact with people at various stages of Alzheimer’s and structure participation in our activities. For example, an early-stage Alzheimer’s participant would know what to do with a paintbrush and watercolors. However, a mid-stage Alzheimer’s participant may know what a paintbrush is but not see the paper to use it on, or possibly what do with it. Its our privilege to engage and promote enjoyment and participation while attentive to these individual factors. Its our aim to serve early to late stage Alzheimer’s participants to their greatest capacity!
Christy Heidt: Lakewood–Aurora area
Laurie Brown: Boulder, Arvada north Denver metro area
Meghan Morrissey: South Denver metro area
Kelly Williamson : Tai Chi for the Denver metro area.