1306 Alton Street, St. Paul, MN 55116
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Programming & Activities

At The Alton, we focus on
Living in the Moment

The activities that make up a resident’s daily experience should reflect the individual’s preferred lifestyle while providing a sense of usefulness, pleasure, success and as normal a level of functioning as possible.

Activity=Being in Action

The activities that help us feel safe, in charge, socially connected, loved and loving come from day to day, moment to moment events and encounters of life. A full balanced life depends on successfully performing activities from three domains:

  • Productive activities (work) that make us feel useful and needed
  • Leisure activities (relaxation and entertainment) that are fun
  • Self-care activities (personal and instrumental activities of daily living) through which we express our independence and the intimate personal aspects of personality

What does a person with dementia need to feel whole?

  • To be Comforted is crucial for our needs for acceptance and tenderness.
  • Attachment speaks to our need to be connected to significant people around us.
  • Inclusion goes beyond attachment and speaks to our desire to be a part of group.
  • Occupation understands that each person has had meaningful roles through life.
  • Identity must be considered within the context that each of us needs to know who we are, what defines us and allows us to ground ourselves.

(Adapted from T. Kitwood: Dementia Reconsidered; The person comes First)

Programming & Activities at The Alton that Support Feeling Whole


  • Walking Club
  • Range of Motion/Stretching
  • Chair Yoga


  • Scenic Van Rides
  • Taste Of Minnesota
  • News and Views

At Home

  • Blast From The Past
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bingo
  • Book Club
  • Puzzles


  • Monthly Birthday Parties
  • Holiday Parties
  • Ladies Tea
  • Men’s Lunch
  • Mocktail Creations
  • Baking Bonanza
  • Live Entertainment

Family Connections

  • Monthly Support Group
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Email Updates
  • Memory Photo Albums


  • Beauty Shop
  • Hand Massages
  • Manicures
  • Aromatherapy
  • Weekly Pet Visits
  • One to One Visits

Seasonal Activities

  • Putting Green
  • Patio Picnics
  • Gardening


  • Hymns
  • Catholic Mass and Communion
  • Jewish Chaplaincy Visits