Sample Activities / Exercises for Alzheimer's Patients

The NeuronUP platform includes many exercises designed to work with people with Alzheimer's.   As an example, the "Get Dressed" activity addresses cognitive functions and is one of the more widely used by Alzheimer's patients.  It is available both with the figure of a man and with the figure of a woman.

  • Get Dressed - This activity consists of dressing the silhouette appropriately, considering both the place and order of placement of each garment and the type of situation.  Cognitive functions that are worked on are procedural memory, body schema, ideational praxis, semantic memory, and planning.

  • Levels of difficulty - In the simplest levels there are fewer items of clothing and more prompting by the platform to carry out the activity correctly, while in the more difficult levels the prompts are taken away and the requirement of clothing is more complex.

  • Activity customization - You can adjust the general aspects of how the digital activity is worked such as the number of exercises the patients does, maximum time given to do the exercise, whether or not you want a visible stopwatch for the activity, customization of the instructions etc.

  • Parameters - You can select the number of garments, the setting they are getting dressed for, if you want to put some type of distractor, number mistakes that can be made, the presentation of the garment, etc.

  • Adaptability – The therapist can select if they want the movement of the garments to be draggable or placed by clicking. Depending on the patient’s functionality, one or the other option can be chosen.

 

 

 

 


 

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NeuronUP features an exercise to work on how to put away the groceries after a visit to the supermarket, Straighten Up the Kitchen.  In this exercise the patients must place the bought objects in their correct places in the kitchen.  Cognitive functions that are worked on include sustained attention, semantic memory, episodic memory, reasoning, cooking, and cleaning

 

  • Levels of difficulty - In the simpler levels of the activity, the platform guides the patient more as they do the activity, while in the more difficult levels the indications decrease.

  • Activity customization - In addition, you can customize the activity to suit the capabilities of each.

  • General features – Adjust the number of exercises the patients is going to work, maximum time allowed for the patient, whether you want a visible stopwatch for the activity, modify the instructions, etc.

  • Parameters - You can select the number of elements, the type and amount of help that you want the patient to receive and the errors that can be made.

Another NeuronUP activity is "Hidden Letters", where the patient must search for the given letters among a set of letters.  In addition to choosing the specific letters you want the patient to search for, other aspects can be customized.

 

One of the cognitive functions that are worked on in this exercise is selective attention, which consists of the ability to focus on something while ignoring other stimuli. 

 

Hemineglect is also worked on, which is the great difficulty or inability to direct attention to one side (usually the left), both in relation to the body itself and to space.

  • Activity customization – The therapist can customize the activity to suit the capabilities of each patient. 

  • General features – The intervening professional will be able to adjust general aspects of the activity such as the type of operation (feedback or free mode), the maximum time allowed for the activity, whether or not you want a visible stopwatch for the activity and whether to have an inactivity warning, modify the instructions for the patient, etc.

  • Parameters - You can select the size of the matrix, the type of letters (lower or upper case), and the number of letters and if you want different colors.  And, on the other hand, the parameters, where you can select the size of the matrix, the number of words and the direction of the letters.

  • Cognitive functions - Selective attention, sustained attention, processing speed, etc.

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