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Thank you Joanna. We are grateful you are doing this challenge. Our field stands to benefit a great deal from additional attention, creativity and resources as there is tremendous need for innovations and solutions.

Following, please find our response to Kate's inquiry.

Hi Kate,

Kari is off on adventure right now and my name is Nina Herndon. I am writing as the co-creator of the Joyful Moments cards. Thank you for your interest in our project. To answer your question, all of our cards have step by step instructions on activities that a caregiver and care recipient can do together. Each of the 21 cards details an activity that can be shared.

Next, as dementia care professionals, we view care recipients' behaviors as expressions of a need. Often, people living with dementia have the need to escape boredom and loneliness. The activities featured in the Joyful Moments Cards intend to combat boredom and loneliness by inspiring more moments that are purposeful and meaningful. By creating these "joyful moments", the activity cards are an effective tool in preventing behaviors that can be difficult to manage.

Caregivers also use them as a tool for redirecting and engaging someone whose behavior is escalating and have had good success de-escalating situations by offering one of the activities that focuses on emotional well being, engages the intellect, connects with the spiritual side, sparks creativity, gets them physically active, tunes the environment into their needs or highlights their vocational contribution in life.

To measure our impact and obtain input on opportunities for future refinement, we are offering complimentary consultations with people who purchase the cards. We are gathering anecdotes, comments and photos of "joyful moments" inspired by the cards.

Thank you again for your interest.

Kind regards,
Nina Herndon, MA/GRN, CMC, CLPF

Hi Kate,

Kari is off on adventure right now and my name is Nina Herndon. I am writing as the co-creator of the Joyful Moments cards. Thank you for your interest in our project. To answer your question, all of our cards have step by step instructions on activities that a caregiver and care recipient can do together. Each of the 21 cards details an activity that can be shared.

Next, as dementia care professionals, we view care recipients' behaviors as expressions of a need. Often, people living with dementia have the need to escape boredom and loneliness. The activities featured in the Joyful Moments Cards intend to combat boredom and loneliness by inspiring more moments that are purposeful and meaningful. By creating these "joyful moments", the activity cards are an effective tool in preventing behaviors that can be difficult to manage.

Caregivers also use them as a tool for redirecting and engaging someone whose behavior is escalating and have had good success de-escalating situations by offering one of the activities that focuses on emotional well being, engages the intellect, connects with the spiritual side, sparks creativity, gets them physically active, tunes the environment into their needs or highlights their vocational contribution in life.

To measure our impact and obtain input on opportunities for future refinement, we are offering complimentary consultations with people who purchase the cards. We are gathering anecdotes, comments and photos of "joyful moments" inspired by the cards.

Thank you again for your interest.

Kind regards,
Nina Herndon, MA/GRN, CMC, CLPF