How to Use This Program Copy

This platform is designed to be flexible and adaptable to your needs, wherever you find yourself in your journey of program development.  It is comprehensive for the user who is starting from the very beginning, and can be selectively used by someone who is reviewing content, or by someone who has existing knowledge and experience but is looking to build upon it.  It can also be used to troubleshoot issues once a program has begun, and even to train staff and facilitators.

To be successful, your program should apply each area of consideration, as they are interconnected and support each other in achieving engagement.  Whether you start from Module One and work sequentially through all six (which would be the ideal approach for someone new to this kind of program), or select individual modules based on specific needs right now will depend on your knowledge and goals.

Take a moment to create your own learning plan by answering a few questions:

Module 1

Introduction/ Foundation

Program philosophy, target audience, potential community connections, understanding stigma, applying the Model for Successful Engagement, understanding stigma, and applying the Model for Successful Engagement.

  • Have you defined your program outcomes?
  • Do you know who you want to work with?
  • Have you reflected on stigma and unconscious biases that may exist in you, your staff, and your institution?
  • Do you understand how your knowledge of dementia, the program environment, your approach and your activities are all connected and can support or affect your program’s outcomes?

Module 2

Understanding the Participant

Changes in the brain, what to expect in the museum, strengths and abilities.

  • Are you confident in your understanding of dementia?
  • Do you know how changes in the brain can affect a person living with dementia?
  • Do you know how to apply your knowledge to your site, your communication and your activity adaptations?

Module 3

Understanding the Environment

Potential areas for adaptation in your spaces and setting up virtual environments.

  • Is your space accessible and comfortable for people living with dementia?
  • Do you know how to improve the conditions of your space to support your participants?

Module 4

Understanding Approach

Communication, assistive strategies, and how to capitalize on abilities and adapt to areas of difficulty.

  • Is your space accessible and comfortable for people living with dementia?
  • Do you know how to improve the conditions of your space to support your participants?

Module 5

Understanding Activity

How to plan and adapt tours and conversations about collections and how to plan and adapt hands-on activities.

  • Do you know how to plan and adapt your activities to suit this audience?
  • Do you have some activities in mind for your program?

Module 6

Engagement and Wellbeing

Defining and identifying engagement, evaluation tools, and data.

  • Do you know what engagement looks like for a person with dementia?
  • Do you know how to evaluate a program for people living with dementia?
  • Would you like to hear about our research and tools?

Based on your answers, you can plan which modules you’d like to use.  There are learning activities throughout which will help you build a program plan for yourself as you go, either by accessing them as you come to them, or by downloading the full workbook now.

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