This guide is a comprehensive theoretical and practical resource designed to assist activity directors to provide excellent recreational and therapeutic activities for long term care and Alzheimer’s communities. The guide is designed to provide programs that meet the social, physical, mental, emotional, educational, spiritual and cultural needs of the residents as well as diversional activities. The content of this book addresses everything an activity director needs to know to develop a successful program including program policies and procedures, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and caregivers training about therapeutic programming for dementia residents. Exercise guidelines needed to help frail elders maintain or improve their level of physical function are also provided in this guide. Numerous illustrations, sample documentation forms and quality assurance documents are also included to help you ensure the effectiveness of the activity programs.