New Learning

New Learning requires a person to attend to and then store information into short term memory to be recalled later. Since attention and short term memory are affected early in the disease, the participant may have trouble learning new things. In an Artful Moments program, a participant may need support with new activities like mixing colours, or learning the names of other participants or using a computer for virtual classes.

This is important because with adaptation, new activities can be presented in a way that supports participants, and allows them to enjoy their experience. Rather than relying on a participant having learned how to do something, this means repeating names or the steps of activities each time as a natural part of your demonstration or introduction – even if the same steps have been presented before. You can consider it a kind of a ‘recap’ to make sure everyone is prepared.