The Arbors of Stoughton has begun an innovative new program called Connections. This program is beginning in April 2011. Connections is a ground-breaking activity program aimed at those residents who live in our traditional assisted living apartments who are experiencing the early signs of dementia. Connections addresses the social and emotional needs of the individual by introducing them to activities in a small group geared specifically for them.
In the early stages of dementia it is more difficult to initiate friendships and activities. These are the connections that break down for people in this stage of the disease. In addition to the activities that are regularly offered to the residents, Connections offers small group activities during times when other programming isn’t occurring and when the activity scheduled might not be appealing to the memory impaired. Boredom and frustration are two of the most common causes of distress for those with dementia. If these residents are sharing an activity in a small group setting, it allows them to enjoy an activity that in a larger group might become overwhelming.