submitted by David Gerjets of Happy Siesta Health Care Center on November 8, 2010
Size of Group: 4-8
Equipment: Multiple items of different colors (cloth, crayons, balls, paper, etc.), flash cards, baskets
Objective: Encourage residents to use cognitive thinking skills
Description: Get a basket for each resident and fill it with several
different items of different colors. On the flash cards write different
descriptive words (i.e. black, white, round, square, soft, hard, etc). Show the residents a card and have them select an item that matches the description. Could be used as a game by rewarding residents with points and the highest score receiving a prize.
Stories out of the Hat
Submitted by Denise Schwind of Centre for Neuro Skills
on January 23, 2004
Equipment: Hat or bowl
strips of construction with descriptive questions
Objective: stimulate memory
allow staff to see clients as ""real people""
encourage communication, sharing and trust within group
Description: prior to session group leader will write
out memory stimulating questions and/or phrases on the
strips of paper, fold paper in half and place in hat/bowl.
Questions will reflect group objectives for session.
for example, favorite memory of mom? favorite book or
movie, Why? favorite season what is your favorite thing
to do? who were you closest to growing up? best friend
story, first drive in date, each client/staff chose a
slip from the hat. Tell their story and pass the hat
submitted by Donna Redfern of Cox/Collins
Court Residential Facility on October 24, 2001
Size: small to large
Equipment: two packs
Objective: to promote
has one pack of cards. Leader
gives clients for or five cards each, more or less depending
on size of group.
Cards are then turned face
Leader holds up a card (eg,
Seven of diamonds) and announces it to the group. Whoever
has that card turns it over. Play continues in this manner
until all cards are turned over. Whoever has all their
cards turned over first yells out "Hoy"
Three or four games can be
played to fill a morning or afternoon session.
by Barbara Van Dyne, M.A. Speech Pathologist of John Muir
Memorial Hospital on June 15, 2000
Size of Group: 4-12
52 Weeks: Social Themes for Language Stimulation
group to stimulate long term and short term memory, word-finding,
sharing of thoughts and feelings, increase communication
Description: The workbook
provides weekly lessons on topics relevant to historical
events, holidays and topics of high level interest to
adults. There are 52 pre-planned activities for stimulation
cognition and communication. Each unit contains paragraphs
for short term memory, trivia questions, discussion questions
and other miscellaneous communication activities. The
material is appropriate for the alert, older adults or
those with mild-moderate communication problems.
by Connie Todt of Sunnyview Hospital on March 24, 1999
Size: small 3-6
of famous people
cognition, communication skills, problem solving and pragmatics.
Description: One patient
is picked to be the first person to guess. Everyone else
is shown the famous face. The guesser must then ask questions
to find out who the famous face is.
Are they a man or woman?
Are they alive or dead?
Are they an entertainer?
Are they a politician?
In My Suitcase
by Dennis Klenow CTRS of Havenwych Hospital on March 15,
In this activity, one client
will start by stating what he or she will pack in their
suitcase for their trip. The second person will state
what the first person identified, and one article that
they will add to the suitcase. The third person will identify
what the first two added, and one article that he or she
will add. By the end of the activity, the final person
to take a turn will have several articles to remember.
Not only do the clients have to come up with what they
personally will take, their concentration level must be
high enough to focus on his or her peers. This will keep
the clients attention focused on the activity and prevent
them from becoming bored or disinterested in the activity.
submitted by Sandra
Parker, CTRS, Marshall University
from her book Activities for The Elderly, Volume
1, Idyl Arbor, 1993.
Emotional: feelings of success, competence, challenge
Social: group interaction, conversation
Have participants exchange
Have members think of their favorite advertisements
.As a group, brainstorm to name quality products
We often identify
products with the slogans used to advertise them over
the years. This activity will challenge the participants
to remember and connect products with the appropriate
1.Matching. Write 5-10 slogans
on a large sheet of paper. Hand out
Pictures of the products and have participants match each
with the corresponding slogan.
2. Guessing. Read a slogan
and ask participants to call out the corresponding product.
This may be done in teams or individually.
3. Create a Slogan. Have
individuals or small groups create their own
Slogans for a number of products. See if the rest of the
group can guess the right product for each slogan.
- "It floats."
- "The breakfast of
- "When it rains, it
- "The candy with the
hole in the middle."-----Life Savers
- "You can be sure
if it's----- Westinghouse
- "Good to the last
drop."-----Maxwell House Coffee
- "Hasn't scratched
yet"----Bon Amir Cleanser
- "Chases dirt"----Old
- "The flavor lasts"-----Wrigley
- "It keeps on ticking."----Timex
- "Ask the man who
- "They satisfy"-----Chesterfield
- "Covers the earth."----Sherwin
- "His master's voice"----Victrola
- "The pause that
- "57 varieties"----Heinz
- "The skin you love
to touch." Woodbury
- "Time to re-tire"----Fisk
- "From contented
- "Makes clothes sparkle"----Oxydol
- "Squeezably soft"----Charmin
- "Double the flavor,
double the fun"-----Doublemint gum
- "Which twin wears
the...."----Toni Home Perm
- "Mm-Mm good"----Campbell's
- Not a cough in the carload"----Old
- Mountain grown"----Folgers
- "I'd walk a mile
- "Call for...."----Phillip
- "Hires to you"----Hire's
- "Reach out and touch
- "Take me away."----Calgon
- "Plop-plop, fizz-fizz"----Alka
- "How do you spell
- "When you care enough
to send the very best."-Hallmark
What products have you bought
because of the advertisement?
What products would you never buy because of the advertisement?
How do you decide which products to buy?
Does advertising serve a useful purpose?
What is your favorite slogan?
Create a slogan to promote your talents.
Create a slogan for each month in the year.
Do you think that slogans are more effective on T.V.,
over the radio,
Or in the paper?
What is the oldest slogan you can remember?
by Debbie of Western Prairie Care Home on January 6, 1999
4 - ?
Equipment: One set of encyclopedias (any
year) or One dictionary
Objective: To stimulate cognitive abilities
and to initiate reminiscing.
Description: Encyclopedia - With everyone
seated in a circle, or at a table(depending on preference),
I choose one book and let the participants know
which one it is. (Example, the answers today
will all begin with the letter "N".) I
then randomly read from various sections and the participants
call out the subject/topic.
Dictionary - I randomly choose a word, asking each participant,
one at a time, to spell the word, give their definition
of the word, and then ask him/her to use the word in a
sentence. If person doesn't know what the definition is,
it is read to them.
At the facility I work at, the encyclopedia is the most
successful. If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate
to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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