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Dementia Caregivers: The Call For Parallel Programming

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:46pm

With dementia programming based on a social model of care rather than a medical model of care, activities happen all day with opportunities for connections.  One of the most successful ways to continuously engage residents throughout the day in a dementia unit setting is through parallel programming.  Having any and all staff members "moderate" activities with small groups while other things go on ('formal' activities, etc) is the definition of parallel programming.  It is a great way to suppliment the level of stimulation for the residents.  Although you will see mentions of parallel programming in the literature, one article you might want to start with is by Sally Albrecht in the Spring 2003 issue of Activities Dementia Quarterly called "Activity Design For Individuals With Mild To Moderate Alzheimer's Disease".     Is parallel programming working for you?

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