Seeking Positive Pathways

Carol Waarala, MSW, LMSW, Certified Specialist in Aging & Dementia

Experiential Exercises

Carol utilizes experiential exercises as part of her presentations. These unique hands-on activities may help attendees to better understand some of the feelings, emotions, and frustrations experienced by those who are living with dementia. We will explore changes in vision, hearing, fine motor skills, ability to sequence activities, and many more in an effort to better understand why certain behaviors occur and how to best approach them or better yet, not trigger them.

  • Aging Simulation
  • Communication Breakdown
  • Distraction/Loss of Focus
  • Dollar Bill vs. Dollar Change
  • Glass Half Full
  • Grief/Loss Exercise
  • Language Breakdown
  • Maple Tree/Oak Tree
  • Numbers – Understanding how things work
  • Optical Illusions
  • Sequence Breakdown – Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • This is Me – Not Just Memory Loss
  • Umbrella Terms
  • Vision Changes
  • What dementia may feel like at the beginning stage – confusion, anger, loss of concentration, disorientation


  • Big Rocks
  • Boiling Frog
  • Importance of Laughter
  • Relaxation
  • Starfish