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AFTERNOON AT THE SEASHORE
submitted by TRACY ADDARIO of GENESIS
ELDERCARE on May 11, 2006
Size of Group: 10-30
Equipment: Varieties of seashells, snail shells,ect.,in containers
w/cornmeal (gives the illusion of sand)cd, tape or sensory box
of seashore, waves, seagulls,ect. Quiet enviroment/tables,
chairs, scented candles w/warming burners (safe for ltc facilities)sunglasses,
beachchairs, suntan lotion
Objective: this group can benefit both self directed individuals
as well as the cognitively impaired,stimulating memories and
conversation, encouraging socialization
Description: provide quiet atmosphere (without interuptions!)
Set up candles with burners, put tables & chairs in a circle,
set beach umbrella in view of entire group, & set containers
w/seashells & cornmeal on each table. Explain purpose of
group,offer suntan lotion(preferably coconut)& sunglasses.
Have everyone introduce themselves and begin by discussing
the ocean, vacations, saturday afternoon at the beach, ect.
everyone a chance to
the Traditional Foods!
Submitted by gina little on February 2, 2002
Size: more than 12
Equipment: card, past food labels which have been around for
at least 20 years, sticky labels, pens and writing equipment
and traditional sweets.
Objective: to remember foods which have been around since
the clients were young and to remember the look smell and feel
of products and how they have differed.
friends, family and neighbours to collect traditional food
labels which would easily be
to the activity. place on small boards and write a number next
to each product. place the foods in categories such as confectionary,
breakfast, snack and dinner. Place labels over the name of
the product or the brand name. then use paper for the clients
to guess the brand name or product name. put music from the
1960's on and pass the boards around the room with the clients
in set groups. ask them to write the answers on paper. if
the clients are blind, use products with a familiar feel
or smell. Give the clients traditional sweets
to smell, feel and taste and then go through the answers and talk about the
meals and the types of foods they had as a child.
submitted by Jennifer Price on
January 7, 2001
Equipment: 1 Beach Ball
Objective: Get some of the
more withdrawn residents to exercise and interact with others
- Great activity for those restricted to wheelchairs as well
as residents who are independently mobile!
Description: I use a large,
brightly colored beach ball so that the residents who won't
play bingo or do puzzles because of their poor eyesight can
play. (I blow it up halfway, and put a bit of helium in it,
just to make it float a bit easier). I arrange the residents
in a circle and I stand in the middle. At first, I go around
the circle and throw the ball to each resident, prompting them
to throw it back to me. (This is a good workout for you, too!)
- Then once I've gone around the circle once or twice, I prompt
them to throw the ball to each other across the circle. If it
lands by their feet, encourage them to kick the ball (gently)
- if it goes ofer their head, encourage them to reach up and
catch it. I usually play for about an hour, and then I have
to stop! (They could play all day long!)
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