The Senior Gems® are based on the Allen Cognitive Disability Theory.
Each gem represents a stage of dementia from normal aging through late-stage dementia.
We use the gems to help us understand the changes that are taking place and to know what our clients are still able to do in order to provide the best care possible.
Click on a link below to watch a video explaining each Senior Gem®
Sapphire: What is Normal Aging?
Diamond Gem: Diamond is the first stage of dementia meaning the cognitive changes that are happening are no longer “normal.”
A diamond is the gem selected to represent this stage because diamonds are still clear, but they are very rigid.
In other words, a diamond can still do things as they always have, but they are going to struggle with new information.
On the gem’s scale emerald represents early to mid-stage dementia. An emerald was chosen to represent this stage because of the colour green.
In a stop-light sequence green means “go” and emerald’s are on the move.
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Amber represents mid-stage to late dementia.
An amber was chosen to represent this stage because it is the least stable and sturdy. In the stop light sequence, yellow means “slow down.”
We must slow down when speaking to an Amber and when doing activities.
Ruby represents mid- to late-stage dementia.
A ruby was chosen to represent this stage because of the colour red.
In the stoplight sequence, red means “stop.”
At this stage, fine motor in the mouth, eyes, fingers, and feet stop.
We must also remember to stop or slow down with our actions when interacting with those at this stage.
Pearl represents late-stage dementia.
A pearl was chosen to represent this stage because the gem is hidden inside a shell.
It looks as if there is nothing of value on the outside (the shell), but if you open the shell and look inside, you see the amazing gem we are talking about.