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Hi everyone, I work in a Care Home in Glasgow, Scotland and we have just recently opened a 16 bed dementia unit. I am the activities director and I am struggling to come up with good quality activities for this particular client group. Can anyone help, it would be much appreciated.

 

Marie

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Hi everyone, I work in a Care Home in Glasgow, Scotland and we have just recently opened a 16 bed dementia unit. I am the activities director and I am struggling to come up with good quality activities for this particular client group. Can anyone help, it would be much appreciated.

 

Marie

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Hi Marie!

I am the AD at a 120-bed home that is all Residents with dementia of some kind. We use the "Best Friend" approach and it has been very successful here.

The name of the book if you can get it is "The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities" There is a volume one and volume 2.

Good luck!

Stacy

The Fountainview Center

Atlanta, Georgia

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Thanks Stacey. I will go on line and try to order that book.

Hi Marie!

I am the AD at a 120-bed home that is all Residents with dementia of some kind. We use the "Best Friend" approach and it has been very successful here.

The name of the book if you can get it is "The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities" There is a volume one and volume 2.

Good luck!

Stacy

The Fountainview Center

Atlanta, Georgia

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Hi Stacy, I'm the activities Director for an assisted living and skilled nursing community with 120 beds (when we are full :) ). We have may residents who have Dementia. Some things we do is playing old music from their erra and ask them to "name that tune". They really enjoy that. You can also take some old pictures or adds and blow them up and ask them if they remember when, or if they ever had what the add is offering etc.

We also do trivia (it's called Eldertrivia and they have 9 different books). We also do hangmans and family feud! They enjoy that. We do a game called guggenheim. http://www.knowledgehound.com/khhow2s/play_guggenheim.htm is a website on how to play. I use activityconnection.com too for ideas.

Hope this helps.

Christine

Thanks Stacey. I will go on line and try to order that book.

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I work in a locked dementia unit at a day center, and this population can definitely pose a special challenge. I've found that music is often a great way to get them involved. We have one participant who wouldn't do any activities today, but when I put on her favorite Frank Sinatra tape, she sat up in her chair and started singing along, and afterwards was more open to ourother activities (a watercolor project). Fill in the blank activities with common old phrases also works to build confidence.

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Some activities I find very successful with alzheimers residents is trivia, painting, fitness, music, balloon volleyball, story weaving and cooking. Shocking corn and snapping beans has always been a great activity and reminiscing activity.

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My Members are in three levels of cognitive ability.  The lower level loves to play parachute ball, missing letters, rhyming words, quotes, name that tune, what is the color of...., animals from A-Z, Person Place or thing, This group is my favorite group to work with because i love to see what answers they come up!!!!

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