Connectivities is a monthly subscription box of activities for single and group settings. In addition to the activity materials that come in the box, subscribers have access to high quality instructional support videos, monthly music therapy and exercise videos, and a private Facebook Group community.
There is everything you need to complete 8 activities for 6, 12, 18 or 24 people in the group boxes. Each activity has printed step-by-step instructions that offers therapy goals, differentiation for if the activity seems too hard or too easy, as well as video instructional supports to ensure that everyone can be successful with each activity.
The Connectivities group box is appropriate for all senior living group settings. Such as memory care, assisted living, independent living and adult day programs. It can also be adapted for support groups, memory café’s, and other group events.
Yes! Our team works hard to develop activities that highlight all different kinds of strengths. The therapy goals on each instructional guide outline the different areas that each activity covers. We also provide a chart that shows the different areas that each activity addresses, such as writing, reminiscing, movement, music, language, problem-solving, etc. The activities range from crafts, to games, to poetry, and connecting with nature to name a few!
So many additions and supports come with your subscription! Each month we create a new themed exercise and music therapy video for our subscribers. Every activity comes with at least one instructional support video. When you scan the QR code on the label you will be take to a special web page for that month. There you will find our music and exercise videos and all of the instructional videos. Each activity will have at least one of our three types of videos. These videos are: Connectivities Clips- show the activity from beginning to end in 30 seconds or less. Watch these first to get an idea of what the activity is. Do Togethers- these videos are for you to do the activity along with us. They are usually around _______ minutes long and we will guide you through every step. If you are working with a group, you can pause the video at each step so you can help participants. We also have a Private Facebook Group see separate paragraph for that 😊.
One of the benefits of a private Facebook group is that is gives us a safe space to connect in real time. Our Connectivities team can hold special FB LIVE sessions just for you! We can share resources, our videos and support for you right there. You can interact with your peers. People who are going through something similar to you. You can share your challenges and support each other, while we are working to support all of you! We will listen too! This will help us continue to improve Connectivities and everything that comes along with it. It’s a win win!
Included in your box is a list of URL’s for each video. You can go to your YouTube app on your TV and type in the specific URL for the specific video you are looking for.
It is super common for people living with dementia to answer “no” to most questions. Be sure that your approach is in line with that person’s preferences and what they are comfortable with. We suggest Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care as a great way to approach people living with dementia in general. If someone tells you “no” you may want to ask a different way or tell them something that may make them more open to the activity, such as, “I told the group you would be there to help today, they are looking forward to you being there” or “your grandson is doing something like this in school and he may need some help with his homework.” Another strategy is the just tell them they can watch you do it….and oftentimes they will see what you are doing and want to join in!
Abosulutely! Connectivities is designed for anyone to be able to do the activities. Depending on the functional level of the participants, the appropriateness of who does the activities may change. Overall, we are hoping that Connectivities can be implemented by anyone who would like to give it a try!
This is one of our favorite things we do!!! First we start with the theme for the month and brainstorm all of the fun topics that go with that theme. Then we start to think about what kind of activities would go along with that topic. For example in our August box, the theme is vacations. We came up with the topic of amusement parks, and had a few actual activities to chose from. Then we look at the different strengths and interests that are represented and make sure they are balanced. We don’t want too many crafts or too many language oriented activities, but look for a balance of skills represented. After we have about 10 or 11 activities nailed down, then we trial them with our residents at Prairie Elder Care and our volunteers for Connectivities Crew. At this point we usually have to drop a couple of activities that just don’t resonate or work in the way we had hoped. We also use a similar process with our videos to make sure that they are easy enough to follow. Our goal is to provide activities that have the absolute best possible chance for success with the greatest number of people.
We feel that our group box is appropriate for any senior living setting. Also, adult day programs would greatly benefit from the box. Let’s be real. There are many people living with dementia in assisted living communities all across the country and this can pose some programming challenges. We have also be approached by several independent living communities who want to provide groups for their residents who are still living with a spouse independently.
Absolutely! The amount of time that goes in to choosing the activities, ordering and organizing, and then creating the videos is a lot! We estimate that an activity director would spend about 20 hours/month pulling together the activities and materials. This would not include the time to create step by step instructions, video supports, therapy goals, and especially the dementia expertise that is represented on the Connectivities team.