Life Enrichment for People with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease presents a variety of cognitive and behavioral challenges. DaySTAE (Success Through Arts and Environment) helps people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) maintain mental function and reduce related difficulties. People at many stages of dementia can enjoy DaySTAE activities and experience success.

DaySTAE activities

Activities in the program are carefully chosen to hold participants’ attention and promote positive feelings. We use art, music and storytelling to engage participants, helping them maintain cognitive and other functions.

  • TimeSlips is an activity that replaces the need to remember stories with encouragement to imagine them. Our facilitator asks open-ended questions to guide storytelling, and responses are woven together into a story. Participants enjoy the stories and the feeling of success gained in contributing to them.
  • Memories in the Making® allows participants in early to middle stages of dementia to recover and communicate memories through painting and drawing. They enjoy the creative process and the ability to express feelings associated with their memories.
  • Drumming circles are an empowering and spiritual experience that allows participants to feel and share their potential through rhythm. They share and explore feelings and connect with their most basic selves, regardless of their level of functional ability.
  • Improvisational theater lets participants use props and costumes to stimulate expression through theater. Each person builds on the dramatic activities of the others, encouraging them to experience their feelings in the moment.
  • Dance combines creative expression with physical movement as participants feel the music and respond to it. This enhances their experience of themselves and their own creativity.

Benefits of DaySTAE

DaySTAE activities reduce daily stress, activate participants’ minds and allow them to experience their feelings and creativity. This helps them maintain cognitive abilities and social skills. Research demonstrates that DaySTAE achieves positive outcomes, such as:

  • reduced agitation
  • reduced number of chair alarms
  • improved behavior
  • maintained mental capacity and function