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Kate 27th Nov 2013

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Can anyone suggest activities for a few residents who are still independent to a degree but are sick of dominos, bingo, cards etc can anyone help please. They tell me they need more stimulation and want to use their mind before they loose it. (a couple still drive to give you an idea of their abilities)
Michelle 27th Nov 2013
Word search games - write a long word and see how many other words they can find, chair exercises, card making, start a remember box - craft, work, fashion, baby etc memories.
Fiona 27th Nov 2013
Bugs is a good game, UNO, chess, checkers, something a bit different is hoy. Indoor bowls, quoits, magnetic darts. Hope this helps.
Solange 28th Nov 2013
Hi Kate, have you tried Gardening? Many residents would like to have a plant to look after. Have a garden session and let them plant a succulent cutting is a small pot; very little maintenance and very satisfying, here is the link, There are also group crosswords; if they find it too easy you may try a Word Game on this link, these are really stimulating games. Also, try the Thanksgiving Tongue Twister T Let me know how you go.
Kate 28th Nov 2013
Thank you all for your suggestions - I will give them a go
Jodie 5th Dec 2013
Hi Kate

I had a similar suitation and commenced a walking group for them. The 4 of them meet each day and go for a short walk they also enjoy a game of pool each week if you have a table available (I access the respite centers)
WMB Allied HEalth 10th Dec 2013
Our clients enjoy Rummy-O [Rummy Cub] as well as dice games.
Each clients gets their own sheet to cross off their numbers.
Everest [or known as Mattwerhorn] 3dice
Printed sheet with two rows of squares numbered from 1-12 and
Each player in turn throws 3 dice and crosses off any values on their paper in either row and in any order they wish according to the values thrown.A player may use combinations of dice values or the value of a single die but each number rolled may only be used once. For example if a player has rolled 2,3, 5 they may cross off any of the following sets of numbers on their paper -
[a] 2,3,5 or [b] 5, 5 (2+3and 5) or [c] 2, 8 (2 and 5+3) or
[d]3, 7 (3 and 2+5) or [e] 10 (2+3+5)
The player who crosses off all twenty-four numbers first, wins the game.
Linda 28th Nov 2013
Hey Kate
Try this white board
write up a huge word and gather residents and put into columns
headed 5 letter words, 4 letter words, three letter words
and ask residents to make words from the one written on the whiteboard
or find some MAZES copy and ask residents to find thier way to home
Mazes are great they require patience, and promote forward thinking
Who and I what am I
write on a white board placed behind the person sitting out front what or who they are
the other resdients can read what the person out front is and have to give the person out front flues so they can solve it
the person out front starts off asking am I animal vegetable or mineral
hope this helps

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