Engaging in Meaningful Activities Outside of Care Settings: What’s the Impact on People With Dementia?

McMaster Health Aging Portal
Description / Summary

Models of care that aim to create positive and respectful environments that prioritize people’s interests, wishes, habits, and unique abilities have garnered a lot of support recently when it comes to caring for those with dementia and cognitive impairment. These strategies advocate for the participation of those with dementia in meaningful activities, and research suggests that this can hold health benefits for people with dementia living in residential aged care facilities. What is a meaningful activity? It can be anything from engaging in art to gardening. However, for those residing in care facilities, these activities often occur indoors, and when they are outdoors, they are generally conducted within the grounds of the care facility.