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submitted by Alan of Memory Programs on November 13, 2010
Size of Group: 1-20+
Equipment: DVD Remote Control and DVD Player
Objective: Social interaction over the programs being used, reading in individuals with visual impairments, and a calming effect in Sun downing Periods.
Description: Memory Programs are remote control DVD television activity games that engage individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of Dementia. Staff observations in care facilities are showing less wandering, better behaviors, and a more productive environments for nursing staff. Independent living communities are showing more interest in Memory Programs and asking staff to use them at least once a week. Please see www.MemoryPrograms.com.
|Sock it To Me
submitted by Dee Mayfield, Certified Dementia Practitioner of Mayfield Health Care Seminars on February 5, 2010
Size of Group: I use this with groups of 5
Equipment: old socks of different colors--the bigger the better. Inside each sock is hidden an item that participants will guess.
Objective: Each person gets a chance to guess what is in each sock.
Description: The game can be played in a variety of different ways. Socks can be open so participants can take items out after they guess -- or to control the guessing, each sock can be tied into a knot after inserting an item to be guessed.
Each person can be given a different sock/item to guess, then you mix them up and give each person a different sock/item to guess.
OR - you can give a sock to the first person and let them make a guess, pass it to the next person and let them make a guess. After the last person guesses, the facilitator/activity professional re-caps the all the guesses - then tells what is in the sock. Celebrate successes.
Items to be placed inside socks can include: wooden clothes pin, 2 crayons, comb, tennis ball, pacifier, small baby cup, plastic eye glasses, measuring spoon 1 T size, wooden cooking spoon, etc.
Remember - Have fun with some of the guesses.
submitted by Chris on October 23,
Objective: To prevent
alienation and encourage creativity, exercise, helping
others and overall stimulation.
Description: I work
in an Alz. Specific facility and the residents are typically
lethargic and do not want to stray far from the comfort
zone. I decided that they needed a few things...first
fresh air, I am a true believer in it. Second, Mild exercise.
Finally, sensory stimulation.
I took a group outside armed
with baskets and a mission...my wheelchairs were the "spotters"
they would find the prettiest colors and shapes. My walkers
would pick them up and shape the decorations for the residents
who could not participate. ( self esteem ) Since we have
mild weather here in atlanta this was great. I have found
that if you have a "mission" for the residents,
they feel special and needed. THis was a very productive
activity. Just make sure that there is no poisonous stuff
in there and let them run wild!
submitted by Natasha Pokorny of
Nesconset Nursing Center on January 31, 2000
that line up together and a ball (preferably a bright
Objective: The objective
Table Ball is: improved hand eye coordination, socialization,
attention span, following of simple directions.
activity is recommended for residents with Alzheimer's.
Place tables end to end (enough to fit about 10 or more
people all the way around). Place the ball (we use a bright
red one) in front of one of the residents and tell him/her
to roll it to someone else at the table. Encourage each
resident to keep the ball moving on the table. It should
be natural for them. Alzheimer residents in my facility
can play this game for an hour before getting tired. It
definitely lessens agitation. Another trick I've found for this activity that lessens the agitation of the residents is that using custom stress balls as the table ball lends an extra tactile element to the game and this added dimension provides the participants further stress relief, which is always welcome.
NOTE: not all Alzheimer residents can play this game depending
on what stage of Dementia they have. Place those more
capable next to someone who might have difficulty and
encourage them to help each other. This increases the
socialization. Call out names often to refocus.
Shopping Scavenger Hunt
by Debra Ekstrom of Geriactives on June 1, 1999
Group Size: 1-20
sale ads from Sunday newspapers,plastic trays
Objective: I work
with participants that have Alzheimer's/dementia. The
objective was to create a fun yet learning experience.
Most have no idea what things cost these days.
sales ads from several Sunday papers. Pass ads and scissors
out to everyone. Also give them a list of items to search
2. baby diapers
3. blue dress
I typed out over 50 items
to search for. I had volunteers assisting them if they
needed help. If they were unable to cut out the items,
a volunteer would do this. The participant would cross
off the items on their list as they found them. Items
found on the hunt were placed on a plastic tray. A count
was taken at the end of the activity and the person with
the most items was the winner. They would share their
ads with others and ask if anyone had ones they needed.
The interaction was fantastic. Even my low functioning
people could participate. It was a fun activity....
Note: I need to add that
the higher functioning people can search for the highest
or lowest priced items. Also, the cut out ads can be saved
for a collage as a later activity.
Please submit other activity
ideas for others to use.