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How adding music can make activities more meaningful for people
Experienced aged and disability care worker Sarah-Kaye Page provides ideas on how staff and family might use formal and more spontaneous music activities to improve the lives of older people in their care.
LEAPing into meaningful activities
Dr Jacqueline Wesson, University of Sydney, describes a new leisure assessment tool under development for people living with dementia in residential aged care – LEAPing into meaningful activities.
Meaningful lifestyle activities: Physical activity
Evidence highlights the importance of physical activity for health and wellbeing of older people, however, physical activity that is not deemed meaningful to the individual can negatively affect the mood and lower life satisfaction. This resource from ARIIA is a short easy-to-read summary of the research evidence.
Meaningful lifestyle activities: Person-centred approach
Evidence suggests person-centred activities are dependent on understanding aged care recipients as individuals with a past present and future. This resource from ARIIA is a short easy-to-read summary of the research evidence.
Meaningful lifestyle activities: Nature-based activities
Nature-based activities can help provide a healing benefit for older adults, improving their health and wellbeing. ARIIA has produced a short easy-to-read summary of the research evidence which is available in web and PDF format. This resource from ARIIA is a short easy-to-read summary of the research evidence.
Meaningful lifestyle activities: Meaningful social activities
Social activities should be tailored to an individual’s personal preferences to ensure they are meaningful. ARIIA has produced a short easy-to-read summary of the research evidence which is available in web and PDF format. This resource from ARIIA is a short easy-to-read summary of the research evidence.
Dear reader, what are meaningful activities?
In explaining the meaning of ‘meaningful activities’, Judith Leeson, Director of Vector Consultants, poses this question to her readers: How would you want to spend your days in residential aged care?
Putting the meaning into meaningful activities: A self-determination theory perspective
What makes an activity meaningful? And why are different people drawn to different activities? In this blog, Associate Professor Tim Windsor of Flinders University explores these questions using a self-determination theory perspective. At the core of this theory is the notion that human motivation and well-being are sustained through the satisfaction of three basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
What is person-centred care?
This video from the Australian Government Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission explains what person-centred care means and how you can work with your provider to achieve it.
What is a person-led approach?
This webpage from NSW Health provides an overview of a person-led approach and links to resources to support person-centred care.