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Activities & Resources for Caregivers, Students, & Recreation Professionals
This activity is suitable for almost anybody and is lots of fun!2 Comments
Grand-Parents Day is celebrated in many countries on different dates. The celebration is to promote the importance of grandparents to children.1 Comment
This has always been a very popular game at all the facilities where I have worked. If you don't have a sewing machine ask a volunteer or one of your clients' relatives to do it for you.7 Comments Alzheimer's
There are many activities with autumn leaves but I can't see why it should be restricted to autumn. Here is an activity for any time of the year1 Comment
There are two ways to play this game.
Great for dementia patients!
Try inviting relatives for this activity; it is an enjoyable occasion.
This is an ideal game for men to form/strengthen friendships whilst having fun.1 Comment
I find this activity very rewarding. Participants can have the pleasure of holding dough in their hands for fun; no need for gloves like when they are cooking.8 Comments
Celebrate special days of Mexico with Mexican food and drinks!
Leader says the first word and the audience guesses the next1 Comment
A Mexican Fiesta is a great theme to celebrate any time of the year. Whether you are celebrating 'Cinco de Mayo' or the Independence Day of Mexico, a fiesta is a fabulous cultural party for everyone to enjoy. Olé!
Here are a couple of easy Easter bonnets for your parade! I have included some templates for the decorations but let your clients express their artistic flair by encouraging them to decorate as they please.3 Comments
Throw a Greek themed party to celebrate the National Day of Greece!
Lovely decorations for St. Patrick's Day!2 Comments
Make it more interesting by having small groups of participants to share in the creation of each Leprechaun; two or three people taking turns in tracing, cutting, gluing and decorating the hat, legs, jacket and vest.4 Comments
These easy percussion instruments will reward you with a happy and very noisy sing-a-long! Remind participants how important percussion instruments are for mankind; indeed every culture has some sort of percussion instrument.1 Comment
This is a very useful tree to have! It can be used all year around, just change the ornaments on Easter, Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Chocolate day, Wish Tree Day.4 Comments
Any of the Arborvitae evergreens can be used; I find the Thuja occidentalis particularly good because the leaves as flat by nature, making it easier to glue the layers.
Lovely Christmas tree ornaments made from recycled Christmas cards
Who doesn't have a deck with missing cards? In my house we have at least half a dozen incomplete decks. Don’t throw them out, use them for Hoy!9 Comments
Here are some templates to be coloured in and decorated for Guy Fawkes Day!
This is a traditional rhyme for Guy Fawkes Night's festivities.
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night
Celebrate Claude Monet's birthday in November by recreating one of his famous paintings!
Make your own beautiful advent wreath and celebrate with a morning tea on the four Sundays preceding Christmas!5 Comments
Create your own beautiful hats to be worn on Melbourne Cup Day!7 Comments
Create a fantastic Melbourne Cup piece of art in this activity!2 Comments
Beautiful mandala templates to decorate in a relaxing and creative activity2 Comments
Here's a Remembrance Day themed word search!
This is a great recipe to make any time of the year but especially in October in time for Oktoberfest! Everybody can join in peeling apples, grating lemon zest and reminiscing about other sauces around a large table.
Have some fun on Oktoberfest with your own party. Here a some great ides!
This is my own recipe. You may ask an Indian friend or search online for other ways of making it. If you prefer you may buy it ready-made in Indian shops and some supermarkets.1 Comment
This game has been adapted to indoors to suit people with a limited range of movements.
Improve movement and promote well-being with this easy and fun competition!4 Comments
Reminisce about familiar skills and have fun with this potato peeling competition!
The 2010 Commonwealth Games are being held in Delhi, India from the 3rd of October to the 14th. Why not have an Indian themed day to celebrate with Indian food, music and dancing and of course lots of games.1 Comment
The wonderful thing about World Animal day is that it can be celebrated indoors or outdoors. Here are some suggestions of fun things to do on World Animal Day.
Halloween styled table decorations!1 Comment
To observe cultural dates. To engage residents in reminiscing
Promote cognitive alertness. Opportunity for socialization1 Comment
Wonderful cooking aromas will bring everyone to the breakfast room!
Observe cultural festivities. Promote sense of purpose. Download full program!6 Comments
Each resident will bring her own handbag to be cleaned-up. The idea is to have them engaging in cleaning up and talking about the contents of their handbags.1 Comment Alzheimer's
Cultural observance. Reminiscing.3 Comments
Pancakes are easy to make and the fillings can be savoury or sweet. The aroma throughout the facility will have people coming from everywhere the see what’s cooking!3 Comments
Enjoy a multicultural food day to celebrate the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.
Damper is so easy to make - all you need is a hot oven and some very basic ingredients! Here is a recipe well worth trying!2 Comments
Opportunity to reminisce. Focus of interest outside routine.Alzheimer's
To promote socialization. Provide a sense of purpose.9 Comments Alzheimer's
Here is an activity that will help you with your resolve to become more ‘green’. It is fun to make and requires little skill and yet looks rather striking hanged in walls, doors, windows and shelves.3 Comments
Colouring-in, whether with crayons, coloured pencils or paint is therapy as well as a great way to pass the time absorbed in something creative. It may help to maintain what remains of dexterity and fine motor control.
Have fun and increase bonding with staff.
Here is a series of word searches for thanksgiving with 3 different levels of difficulty. Choose the most appropriate for your residents!1 Comment
Learn how to respond to the assessment of needs with the following 6 case studies.9 Comments
Learn how to identify the needs of residents entering aged care facilities.5 Comments
Make your own game for Melbourne Cup Celebrations!3 Comments
Get in the spirit of Melbourne Cup Day with a hat parade!3 Comments
Get residents involved in Melbourne Cup celebrations!5 Comments
The Horse-Race game is a great way to spend the morning on Melbourne Cup Day!11 Comments
Observe cultural festivities. Promote sense of purpose. Download full program!
In which countries did the following foods originate from?1 Comment
In which country would you see people wearing these?3 Comments
Encourage creative expression. Improve dexterity.2 Comments
Fill in the missing letters to reveal the animals and breeds!
Which creature does each of the following pet names indicate?2 Comments
Celebrate Oktober Fest with this Word Search!
Fun facts about birds for World Animal Day!
Here are some interesting stories about famous cat lovers to help you celebrate World Animal Day.
Here's some fun animal trivia for World Animal Day in October.
Increase socialization. Improve ability to follow directions.1 Comment
Memory recall and reminiscing4 Comments Alzheimer's
To engage socially and reminisce2 Comments
Poems especially for Dad's!3 Comments
Here's a fun find-a-word especially for Father's Day!
VIDEO Instructions included! Object: maintain social skills and reinforce friendships. Sensory stimulation.5 Comments Video Instructions
Tactile stimulation and promote 'staying on task'.2 Comments
Improve dexterity (grasping objects) and practice decision-making.2 Comments Alzheimer's
Improve hand-eye coordination and enhance motor skills6 Comments Alzheimer's
Improve upper body strength and hand-eye coordination.
Hand-eye coordination. Upper body movements (exercise).9 Comments
To promote tolerance. To encourage acceptance and inclusion of cultural diversity.4 Comments
This sample program is for acute Dementia care. Some people like to do it weekly, others monthly. Download the form and adjust it to suit you.8 Comments
Improve dexterity and promote dimension discerningAlzheimer's
Promote recognition of colours. Develop motor skills.2 Comments Alzheimer's
Fun exercise and opportunity for social interaction.1 Comment Alzheimer's
Sensory stimulation with familiar scents.6 Comments
Develops hand-eye coordination
Promote cognitive well being, provide fun and enjoyment, and establish old roles.
Suitable to clients in first stage dementia (small objects are dangerous for later stages).Alzheimer's
Enhance spiritual fulfillment. Improve dexterity.
Encourage new interests. Promote friendship. Soothe the mind.
To maintain logic and planning skills.1 Comment
Stimulation of taste senses. Provision of enjoyment.4 Comments
Enhance memories and provide stimulation by utilising interesting textures.Alzheimer's
Sensorial stimulation and provision of home-like activity.5 Comments Alzheimer's
Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day8 Comments Alzheimer's
Time out to relax and quiet the mind. A simple and effective way to use essential oils.
This is a very soothing and worthwhile activity
Reminiscing and mental stimulation through socialising8 Comments
This is an excellent game for socialization.2 Comments
Nice game to maintain or improve physical abilities.
Reminiscing, engaging in conversation, cognitive exercise19 Comments
Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity.15 Comments Alzheimer's
Gentle exercise for the arms as well as an opportunity to socialize!23 Comments Alzheimer's
Orientation, reminiscing and enjoyment. Socialization.3 Comments
Promotion of physical activity and improve cognitive function.3 Comments
Promote alertness and sensory stimulation5 Comments Alzheimer's
Provide bed ridden clients with a feeling of enjoyment and well being3 Comments Alzheimer's
Stringing beads is a simple and affordable activity for seniors that produces beautiful and satisfying results.4 Comments
Sensory stimulation and encouragement of interpersonal skills4 Comments Alzheimer's