It is estimated that 80% of the spiritual needs of long term care residents are met by the activity professional. This program will guide the person with dementia to connect with their faith through objects, music and other religious symbols and artifacts.
Different spiritual preference memory boxes/books are needed for each religious affiliation.
1. Artifacts to use in a tool kit or engagement scrapbook
Symbols of faith from their religion (cross, star of David, Menorah, Torah, Bible, Koran, Communion, candles, hymnals, Cresent Moon) www.religious-symbols.net
Daily devotions, favorite passages, well known religious figures/names
2. Engagement activities
. 3. Cues and triggers for dementia
|Group Size||Time of Day||Duration||Acuity Level|
|Medium (5 - 8)||Morning
|45 Minutes||Memory Care|
see FICA Spiritual History Tool at https://smhs.gwu.edu/gwish/clinical/fica/spiritual-history-tool
see attached PDF
Source: Harold G. Koenig, Aging and God: Spiritual Pathways to Mental Health in Midlife and Later Years
Dementia, Depression, Vision Loss