Our Alzheimer's residents really love being able to remember words. It makes them feel proud that they have not forgotten everything yet!
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Call out a letter from the alphabet, then name:

  • A women's name that starts with the letter named
  • A man's name
  • Any State in the USA
  • Any City in the World
  • Any Food that starts with that letter
  • An item of clothing that you could wear on your body all starting with the named letter.

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Our Alzheimer's residents really love being able to remember words. It makes them feel proud that they have not forgotten everything yet!

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Joanne 10th Sep 2020 Lifestyle Coordinator
My residents love playing this. thanks
Gill 25th Jan 2020 Activities Co-ordinator
I have been playing this game for a while, each time we play we try and get more words than the time before. The great thing is all staff and visitors get involved as they come and go.
Rosemary 18th Oct 2019 Area Manager
I use this game for one of my visually impaired clients, so they can join in an activity at the same time as keeping the brain active.
The client said it was best days ever had when I did this
Talita 20th Oct 2019
This is wonderful to hear Rosemary, thank you for your feedback!
Kelsea 26th Sep 2019 Activity Director
This is a very simple and fun game that I use in memory care. You don't necessarily need any materials, just brains for thinking but I use a white board and markers to write down everything listed.

First pick a category. You can tailor these to fit your surroundings but ones I use are: Animals, Food, Places, Names, Games, and Movies/TV.

Start with the letter "A" and list things in that category that start with that letter and go through the whole alphabet.

Example: Animals

Anteater, antelope, ape

Bear, bobcat, barracuda

Cat, camel, cougar...etc.

My residents love this and it's a fun easy way to make them use their brains!
Susan 27th Sep 2019 Activity Director
Great ideas Kelsea
Thank you
Melissa 20th Jun 2019 Dance Teacher For Seniors
I teach dance to seniors with varying physical & cognitive challenges. For an alphabet game we make body shapes of the letters of the alphabet starting with the first letter of their first name. Staff & I help when needed. Then we move on to their favorite animals, making the shape of the first letter of their favorite animal. We all have fun with this activity. A wonderful book that I show them before we do this lesson plan is: The Human Alphabet/Pilobolus. Roaring Book Press, New Milford, Connecticut
Karen 3rd Nov 2018 Lead Activity Co-ordinator
This is so fun! Thanks ever so much for sharing!
Kim 1st Mar 2018 Diversional Therapist
We play this regularly, I make a new list of questions from household items, things in your bag, toolbox, car, office, kitchen appliances... you can make it endless fun...
The residents love the challenge at happy hour. Divide tables as with trivia so others can help to make up teams. Have a volunteer, staff member or family members to help each table they love to get in on it too.

Great for a laugh and they really love the competitiveness!!!
Nori 21st Feb 2018 Activity Director
oh, this is GREAT--kind of like "Scattergories"!!! Thanks so much for sharing!
Kymberly 20th Feb 2018 Activities Coordinator
I like doing surnames are also a profession or linked to their background & what someone might have done for a living, like abbot, archer, baker, carpenter, driver, English, fisher, gardener, hunter, Brewer, Butcher, Carter, Clark, Cooper, Cook, Dyer, Farmer, Faulkner, Fisher, Fuller, Glover, Head, Hunt, Judge, Mason, Page, Parker, Potter, Sawyer, Slater, Smith, Taylor, Thatcher, Turner, Weaver, Woodman, and Wright - I have a list of each of the alphabet and do a mime for some, and we chat about their names and their partner's names
Marjorie 18th Feb 2018 Activities Assistant
A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Alphabet Game
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