Try these activities with a person with Alzheimer’s


National Institute on Aging sent this bulletin at 10/10/2017 12:45 PM EDT

Household chores: Wash dishes, set the table, prepare food, sweep the floor, dust, sort mail and clip coupons, sort socks and fold laundry.

  • Cooking and baking: Decide what is needed to prepare the dish; measure, mix, and pour; tell someone else how to prepare a recipe; watch others prepare food.
  • Exercise: Take a walk together, watch exercise videos made for older people, use a stationary bike, use stretching bands, throw a soft ball or balloon back and forth, lift weights or household items such as soup cans.
  • Music and dancing: Play music, talk about the music and the singer, ask what the person with Alzheimer’s was doing when the song was popular, sing or dance to well-known songs, attend a concert or musical program.
  • Pets: Feed, groom, walk, sit and hold a pet.
  • Gardening: Take care of indoor or outdoor plants, plant flowers and vegetables, water the plants when needed, talk about how much the plants are growing.
  • Visiting with children: Play a simple board game, read stories or books, visit family members who have small children, walk in the park or around schoolyards, go to school events, talk about fond memories from childhood.

Learn more about adapting activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The National Research Summit on Care, Services and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers

The National Research Summit on Care, Services and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers is a two-day meeting of researchers, service providers, persons with dementia, family caregivers, and other stakeholder groups.

It will be held October 16-17, 2017, at the Natcher Building’s Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research (NIA/DBSR) would like to encourage you to attend this Research Summit. The meeting is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through private sector support.

In-person registration is now full. The wait list also has reached its capacity. If you would still like to participate in this meeting, you may register for the videocast option.  By registering, you will receive an email with videocast details approximately one week before the Summit. You can register here.

The Summit is intended to identify what we know now and what we still need to learn in order to accelerate the development, evaluation, translation, implementation, and scaling up of comprehensive care, services, and supports for persons with dementia, families, and other caregivers. The Summit is focused on research that is needed to improve quality of person-and family-centered care and outcomes across care settings, including quality of life and the lived experience of persons with dementia and their caregivers.


ICRN Spearheads Effort to Obtain Dementia Friendly America Designation

The Illinois Cognitive Resource Network (ICRN) has reached out to Collective Action Lab to learn how Illinois can become a network member of the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative. DFA is a national initiative led by Collective Action Lab in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Leading Age.

The primary goal of DFA is to convene and support the development of dementia friendly communities across the U.S. through increased community capacity, increased system capacity, and enhanced quality of life for persons with dementia and their care partners.

ICRN believes that Illinois is uniquely positioned to seize on this opportunity. As communities across Illinois convene to plan and develop dementia friendly initiatives, they will be able to tap into the extensive resources developed by ICRN partners, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, the State of Illinois and the aging and disability provider network. Resources include training webinars and manuals, research based interventions, state and local data, as well as clinics with expertise in assessment and treatment.

In the coming months, ICRN partners will be working with Collective Action Lab which is providing technical assistance to states interested in becoming network members of Dementia Friendly America. ICRN will be working with Collective Action Lab to convene and facilitate a workshop in Spring 2017 which will bring together stakeholders from a broad spectrum of community sectors interested in developing a statewide vision for a dementia friendly Illinois. As network members of DFA, Illinois will also engage in national learning opportunities to learn from and share lessons learned with other states.

To learn more about DFA Illinois visit the ICRN website at, or contact Sandra Alexander at

2016 Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Survey

260,000. That’s the number of Illinois residents who will be living with Alzheimer’s by 2025. Share your views on Alzheimer’s programs and services from the State of Illinois. The statistics surrounding Alzheimer’s are too immense to sit quietly by.

By participating in the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Survey you will provide greater understanding about the challenges faced by those living with dementia, their caregivers, and loved ones, as well as helping to shape state policies addressing the critical needs of those impacted.
The importance of your input cannot be underestimated.

Click HERE to complete the survey today!