Daily activities at Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. are specially designed to be appropriate for the functioning level of each “Friend”. Activities are characterized as “failure-free” because they are adapted and used in a way that will allow true success. The goal is to offer simplified activities in a safe environment. Activities reinforce a Friend’s” self-esteem while avoiding frustration and relieving boredom.

These activities provide opportunities for “Friends” to maintain fine and gross motor coordination, physical fitness as well as cognitive functioning and sensory stimulation. Music is an integral part of the activity program. Music appreciation sessions are a mix of singing, dancing, and playing rhythm instruments. Other special happenings include field trips, intergenerational activities, pet therapy, and visits from outside entertainers.

Daily therapeutic activities at Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. offer activities in a safe environment, reinforcing self esteem while maintaining the capabilities each “Friend” presently has.  Over 25 therapeutic activities emphasizes skills such as cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, communication, socialization and daily life tasks.  Activities range from sitting tai chi, trivia, Bingo, Jingo, music, art, arts & crafts, conversation, dancing, special performances brought by Creative Aging Mid-South, art therapy with Dixon Gallery, field trips to Brooks Museum for art therapy, and celebrating all holidays and birthdays.

A typical day at ADS has something for each “Friend”.


Painting Passover Seder plates at ADS



Sample Schedule

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7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Coffee Klatch: Socialization and breakfast time.

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Soft Tunes: There is no better way to start your day than with pleasant music and a relaxed environment.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Morning Stroll: Walking is an everyday activity come rain or shine. When the weather is poor, walking indoors to the beat of music can be fun and good exercise. The summertime months offer “Friends” the opportunity to spend time: “green thumbing” in the gardens.

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Current Events: Each morning the staff leads a discussion with “Friends” about the daily news and weather report.

Glamour Time: Time for the ladies to get their nails done.

10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Music Memories: Sing along and dance with “old time” favorites.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Creative Movement: Physical games such as basketball, bowling, golf and horseshoes provide fun ways to utilize large muscle coordination.

Small Table Groups: The groups enjoy many games such as Holiday Jingos, Fun on the Farm Lotto and a variety of Bingo games.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bodies in Motion: Chair exercises designed to improve or maintain range of motion, strength and general endurance.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch: Good Southern cooking in a relaxed setting with friends.

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Relax & Regroup: A time for “Friends” to freshen-up after lunch and relax to soft music.

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Group Table Activities: “Friends” join smaller groups to enjoy the fun of table and word games such as jigsaw puzzles, cards and various board games.

Little Theater: Short videos about nature, babies and zoo animals are shown for afternoon enjoyment.

Get Physical: Staff encourages “Friends” to do physical movement through games such as shuffleboard, parachute, bean bag toss and others.

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Fitness Walk: An afternoon stroll is perfect for stretching muscles and often has a calming effect.

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Trivia Teasers: Group discussion with fun trivia and word games.

Joint Moving Activities:“Friends” again engage in activities dealing with large muscle coordination.

Old Time Radio: Easy conversations while listening to moments in old time radio.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Delight: “Friends” have the opportunity to explore creative talents and relive interests that once were so much a part of their lives. Women enjoy baking, folding laundry, jewelry making and a variety of crafts. Men do woodworking, leather works, sorting nuts, bolts and screws and other various “handyman” projects.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m

Snack: a nutritional snack and beverage. Birthdays are celebrated at this time when families bring ice cream and cake.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Animal Care: feed the fish and birds.

Stroll: Outside or in, it is good to take a leisurely stroll after snack.

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Memory Works: “Friends” reminisce about past experiences and enjoy conversations about times gone by.

Sensory Time: Small groups interact in activities involving the senses.

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Total Workout Exercise: Light exercise using all muscles with some dancing to music.

5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Community Circle: Small group discussion of the day’s topics and “happenings.”

5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Evening Wind Down: “Friends” end the day with table games including puzzles, card games, bingo and more.