Sensory

Age-related changes can reduce the perceptual capacities of the elderly.
Primary senses can be trained and strengthened with special activities to stimulate the affected senses.


Flower Smelling

Flower Smelling

I filled a vase with peonies and lavender and took it to as many residents as possible.

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10 Spiritual Activities for people with Alzheimer's Disease

10 Spiritual Activities for people with Alzheimer's Disease

Spiritual support for people with dementia in nursing homes and other care facilities is vital to their well-being and a requisite for the holistic care we strive to achieve

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Armchair Travel: A sensory experience that is meaningful & fun

Armchair Travel: A sensory experience that is meaningful & fun

Start an ‘Armchair Travel’ tradition at your facility! Make it a monthly event and build up expectations to this most interesting and fun activity.

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Make your own Bird Bath

Make your own Bird Bath

This is a wonderful way to encourage creativity. It is a fun activity that can be shared by two people.

How to create a Backyard Bird Habitat

How to create a Backyard Bird Habitat

Bird watching is a rewarding pastime that can bring immense pleasure by connecting people with nature.

How to setup a Sensory Stimulation Program

How to setup a Sensory Stimulation Program

Age-related changes can impact on the sensory systems and diminish perceptual capacities. However, primary senses can be trained and strengthened with special activities to stimulate the affected senses.

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Sensory Salt Garden

Sensory Salt Garden

Sensory salt Garden can assist with behaviours and also serves as a communication tool, along with making your home smell wonderful. Let the imagination run free.

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Sensory Stimulation with Wind Chimes

Sensory Stimulation with Wind Chimes

Wind chimes have been around for hundreds of years. They have been known to have a healing effect on the mind; reducing stress and promoting relaxation and creativity.

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Play dough crafts

Play dough crafts

I work in a secure dementia wing and I found this activity excellent, even for vision impaired.
Thank you Marina for submitting this activity!

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Friendship Afternoon

Friendship Afternoon

Freshly baked brea, a cup of tea and the opportunity to reminisce.
Thank you Pauline for this lovely idea!

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Living Eggs Program

Living Eggs Program

We are currently running a 10 day living eggs program in our facility where we have had 10 chicken eggs delivered in an incubator.

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How to make Bubbles

How to make Bubbles

These are great for outdoor fun. However don't let wet weather stop you from playing indoors!

Crochet and Knitting Club

Crochet and Knitting Club

Start a crochet and knitting club for the enjoyment of all!
Thanks Stephanie for this wonderful idea!

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Reflection Box

Reflection Box

Reflect and share our thoughts and memories of the past 12 months.
Thanks Fil for this beautiful idea!

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Poetry Club

Poetry Club

Today I started a poetry club with my residents. We read a collection of poems with a common theme and discuss them and reminisce.
Thanks Marnie for this inspiring activity!

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Beach Reminiscing

Beach Reminiscing

The theme for this reminiscing session is: The Beach.
18 sample questions are provided.

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Tactile Reminiscing Ideas

Tactile Reminiscing Ideas

Here are some ideas to encourage residents to use their fine motor skills and reminisce at the same time. Thanks Joanne!

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Snoezelen Rooms and Sensory Environments for Dementia Patients

Snoezelen Rooms and Sensory Environments for Dementia Patients

Dementia patients can benefit greatly from exposure to soothing and sensory environments.

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The Benefits of Pet Therapy

The Benefits of Pet Therapy

Pets are good for people in many ways. It is not uncommon to pick up a magazine or newspaper and read yet another article describing the benefits that family pets have on long-term care residents, hospital patients and sick children.

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School Days Reminiscing Cards

School Days Reminiscing Cards

This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.

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Recycled Magazine Scrapbooks

Recycled Magazine Scrapbooks

Beautiful scrapbooks made from recycled magazines. Make them to suit the interests of individuals. Thanks Kellie for this wonderful activity!

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Scented Bath Salts

Scented Bath Salts

Easy and fun, this activity takes roughly one hour to make. This is an ideal inexpensive gift to make for a volunteer or to offer as a birthday gift.

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Scent for Pleasure

Scent for Pleasure

Evocation of familiar scents to stimulate long-term memories. Ideal for sight impaired seniors.

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Scent Guessing

Scent Guessing

Sensory stimulation with familiar scents.

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Comfort Activities

Comfort Activities

Promote cognitive well being, provide fun and enjoyment, and establish old roles.

Taste  Day

Taste Day

Stimulation of taste senses. Provision of enjoyment.

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Sensory Patchwork

Sensory Patchwork

Enhance memories and provide stimulation by utilising interesting textures.

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Wonderful cooking aromas

Wonderful cooking aromas

Sensorial stimulation and provision of home-like activity.

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Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy

Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day

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Nail Care

Nail Care

Make clients feel special and keep hands and nails clean.

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Vaporisation

Vaporisation

Calm the mind and cleanse the spirit with essential oils

Compresses

Compresses

Relieve muscle aches and increase circulation using essential oil compresses

Footbaths

Footbaths

Sensory stimulation. Reduce stiffness. A good alternative if your client cannot use the bath.

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Baths or Spa Baths

Baths or Spa Baths

Time out to relax and quiet the mind. A simple and effective way to use essential oils.

Aromatherapy Inhalations

Aromatherapy Inhalations

Sensory stimulation through the use of essential oils

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Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy

This is a very soothing and worthwhile activity

Daily Living

Daily Living

Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity.

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