Maintaining independence for as long as possible for people affected by Alzheimer's disease is the goal of the PALS program. This is done via activities that stimulate memories and promote manual dexterity, mobility, and exercise. Specially trained staff that are caring and attentive to the special needs of the group, supervise all activites in the PALS program. They ensure that activities are individualized to residents' interests and level of function.
Approximately 86 residents participate in this all-day program that takes place away from the distractions of the rest of the facility.
Residents are involved in simple household chores such as washing dishes and dusting as well as arts and crafts such as woodworking, basket weaving, collages, painting, and card quilts. Residents are also encouraged to engage in walking activities. Staff will assist them to the patio or take them for a stroll around the block or to a nearby store.
Recreational activities include dancing, playing "Name That Tune", exercising, religious services, and weekly bible study. They also have time to reminisce and participate in conversations with other residents as well as staff. These activites bring them a level of comfort and ease. Field trips include visits to NJPAC, Symphony Hall, Montclair Art Museum, Crane House in Montclair, bowling, various parks, and other places of interest.
A professional barber is available for the men and ladies can have their hair done by a beautician and their nails manicured if desired.
Special activities include a Mother's Day Tea Party, Father's Day Cookout, carnivals, luaus, and much more. These activites are geared toward family involvement and the results have been great. PALS also involves the community through its Volunteer program.