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Hello, I am a program director for an alzheimer's unit and adult day care and am searching for some new one on one activity ideas for those special residents who do not like group activities very much. Would appreciate any ideas!

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Hi,

 

There is a book I have seen in the past called "One to One is the Loneliest Number by Mary A. Amick and David E. Amick sold by PP and P. Thier website is

www.ppandp.com

 

Hope this helps,

 

karen :roll:

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Hi, we make scented Koolaid play dough and use cookie cutters. the scented dough is wonderful and is very soft and easy to shape. We do manicures, sensoryprograms like feeling different tectures of cloth and reminiscing. We show old DVD's like Lucy, Little House on the Prairies. We bake , they do the mixing and we control the oven. We have a meal group right on the unit where they get to smell the food cooking. We have a snoezelen room for 1-1. We play color bingo, go for walks, have teas. I am in the process of purchasing special games that go on the walls for those residents who walk up and down the halls all day, a place where they can stop and fiddle with these walls games. We use real life babies with some of our residents, they really work for some. music works well, whether it is played on guitar or piano or the old songs played on a tape. We are going to put up a wall of old hats and some drawers where they can fiddle with safe items. The Nasco catologue.. is a wondeful resourse book for 1-1 tools.

Hope this helps

Linda

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We have wonderful life skills centers in our Alzheimers Neighborhood. These are great for the residents to go to on their own or with staff. We have a nursery set up like "Grandmas Baby Sitting Service", a kitchen area (nothing dangerous), laundry room (folding and such with warm "just out of the dryer feel and smells"), Wedding vanity area, wood working (again, nothing dangerous), fishing, another vanity area with redhats for our Red Hat Society, teacher area with differnt teaching things in there....these are just an expample of the many area we have. We tried to think of things our residents did and careers they had. A lot of our ladies were the type to be into shopping and being pretty so the vanity are is a hit. We will go over and just talk about life as we try on hats and boas and scarfs. I have a lot of fun with them, myself. The wedding area brings back memories of their own wedding, or their childrens weddings, and such.

 

Along with the lifeskill centers, we have lap bakets for those who do not get out of their rooms or just do not want to walk around to the differnt areas. These lap baskets help us bring the supplies to the resident.

 

Our snoezelen room is also very nice and well used.

 

We have a resident dog and cat and this is also goood for conversation starters.

 

Reading, rolling up a ball of yarn, anything really....the conversation is the important part, in my opinion.

 

Tiff

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Hi! something that I do with some of the lower cognitive residents is a nail salon. i fill a cart with all different nail polishes and little nail design stickers, and then go room to room. Then it is really easy to sit and chat and they love to get their nails done.

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What are your residents likes? Do they like manicures,folding laundry,reading the paper these are all things you can bring to them. when you are doing thier manicure bring lotion massage thier hands and fingers talk about when they were younger if they had sisters did they paint each others nails? if it laundry how did they wash clothes when they were growing up? wash board, wringer washer? I love the stories I hear One resident even told me they had a gas powered washer that they set out under the tree(I had never heard such a thing) It is pretty amazing some of the things you are told in thier stories. If they do not like the whole paper do they like Dear Abby, Horsescopes, sports sections?, where did they work? what were thier hobbies? just taking the time to talk and reminisce brings back memories from thier past the residents really love to have someone who will listen and respond to them. I think just knowing that you are listening and really are hearing what they are saying gets the residents attention and makes them more willing to talk about thier memories hope this helps

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How about some arts and crafts kits ? There are beading kits and the like as well as large crocheting and knitting ( if you have the patience to teach someone). Also, writing cards is a one on one activity that helps you and the residents.

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Hello, I am a program director for an alzheimer's unit and adult day care and am searching for some new one on one activity ideas for those special residents who do not like group activities very much. Would appreciate any ideas!

 

 

Hello,my name is Trisha Severino ,i have a few ideas...one is make a jewelry box with old jewelry in it in..such as pins,earings,neclaces ring.(kind of make it the old and gaudy kind...really gets the attention of the resident...another is pictures of every day things ,for example snow,water ,trees,birds,cars,boats,and so on...hope this helped..

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QUOTE (dapheric @ May 13 2005, 09:19 AM) Hello, I am a program director for an alzheimer's unit and adult day care and am searching for some new one on one activity ideas for those special residents who do not like group activities very much. Would appreciate any ideas!

 

 

Hello,my name is Trisha Severino ,i have a few ideas...one is make a jewelry box with old jewelry in it in..such as pins,earings,neclaces ring.(kind of make it the old and gaudy kind...really gets the attention of the resident...another is pictures of every day things ,for example snow,water ,trees,birds,cars,boats,and so on...hope this helped..

 

We have a Alz unit and they love this one and it really gets everyone ,even the staff, cause as you know, they have no filters...........here is how it works. We print out a quirky picture, it may be a squirrel with shoes on..............we ask, "Whats going on here" they start with and build on a story about the squirrel................we right down verbatum what they say...............after a month we bring out the picture and read the story they wrote.............all laugh and it serves as there is no right or wrong answer, they stay on task, its social and critical and expressive thinking.........its a Hoot !

Edited by OUTERBANKS

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Hi,

 

I know of a few games that can be played one-on-one. (They can also be used for groups.) The games are in the Senior Sez series. They have a Trivia game, a categories game, and another game where you guess popular sayings. They're all really fun and easy. You can find out more on their website: www.seniorsez.com.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Nina

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