'Bored Board' Brain Training for Seniors

'Bored Board' Brain Training for Seniors

User Profile Shared By Kim   Australia

Found In: Activities Trivia Coronavirus: Covid-19

I have set this up for the unit that I work in and our CEO loves it so much she wants me to set one up for each of the units over different sites. Customize them to suit you. Look forward to seeing what you all do.
This is one of many free activities.
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I saw an idea similar to this and thought what a great idea to incorporate into our facility!

There are many ways to do this, but here I have used a pegboard and stick-on velcro hook on tape. I found all of the inserts of activities available on Golden Carers using the search bar on the right-hand side under games and trivia.

We have many residents with an active mind and looking for something to do after dinner and on weekends when there are no activities scheduled. This is also useful for those that like to stay in their rooms and choose not to join in with the daily program.

Why Seniors Should Play Games

Studies show that brain training has cognitive benefits for the elderly which helps in maintaining necessary life skills. Indulging in mindful activities stimulate the working of the brain and helps in fighting age-related mental issues. 

Requirements :

  • Pegboard or corkboard (whatever size is suitable for your needs. I ordered ours from our local stationary supply) you could also use the ones that can be wheeled around.
  • Coloured card or you could use plastic pockets.
  • nserts of activities such as trivia, crosswords, word ladder, hidden object, spot the difference, word search, maths, riddles. There are many to choose in all selections, especially special themed days.
  • Headers for your chosen activities.
  • Velcro brand general purpose stick-on hook tape.
  • Laminator to laminate holders and or images of your choice (I found ours online by looking up brain training images)

Ideally you would set this up according to the needs of your own facility, perhaps even incorporating music and playlists. Your options are endless.

I have set this up for the unit that I work in and our CEO loves it so much she wants me to set one up for each of the units over different sites. Customize them to suit you. Look forward to seeing what you all do.

I named ours the "Bored Board" because I like the play on words but I have seen them called a "Busy Board" also.

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HELEN 1st May 2023 Engagement And Activity Co-ordinator
I've completed our Bored Board, thank you so much for the idea. The patients love it and all the staff have said how amazing it is :)
Talita 8th May 2023
Wow Helen, what a great job you've done! Thank you so much for sharing this photo with us x
Susan 9th Feb 2021 Activity Director
Hi Tina
It sounds like you are doing what he likes
Tina 27th Jan 2021 life enrichment manager
Hi im a caregiver i love doing activities brand thing with my clients i just started to use this. Alot of stuff i can use. Need more in parkinsons activities. Anybody can help
Susan 27th Jan 2021 Activity Director
Hi Tina
What issues does the persons with Parkinson’s disease have
As you know it’s a neurological disease and can’t have many symptoms
Let me know what they are and I can suggest some activities for you
Tina 8th Feb 2021 life enrichment manager
He is very smart.I like doing challenges with him..we do exercise in morning and activities after lunch.I need some fun ideas walking though the house activity.after I leave he sits all day. He has Parkinson's little slow on walking some tremors
He loves playing brain question games.our focus is doing exercises and keeping him active
He does live with his wife. He's 84 any fun walking in house activities he loves sports/football

Sandy 19th Jan 2021 Life Enrichment Coordinator
It sounds like an awesome idea!
Clive 12th Jan 2021 Retired
I help run a luncheon Club for the Seniors. During this Covid time I have kept in touch with our 35 members every two weeks with a package containing a questionnaire, poems, a little history of the area where we live, thought for the week, and some games. So your website has been very helpful in providing me with information. We are now in our 42nd week, and I am planning for another14 weeks. So I am grateful I have your website to help me out.

Clive Coleclough
Talita 17th Jan 2021
Thank you so much for your feedback Clive! Wow what a lot of work that must be and what a wonderful job you are doing. All the best!
Susan 10th Jan 2021 Activity Director
Hi Sherry
Thanks for telling us about your experience
I am glad the staff figured out a way to make this work
Sherry Warlick 9th Jan 2021
I made one of these before the pandemic. My residents loved the idea. It always gave them something to do when I was not there. During the pandemic, it was a little challenging because the nurses would have to get the items off the board and give to the residents. They were not allowed out of there room. During that time, I also gave out packets.
Brandi 25th Sep 2020 Director Of Life Enrichment
This is a wonderful idea! Thank you!
Talita 28th Sep 2020
Thanks for your feedback Brandi!
Evangeline 1st Aug 2020 Registered Manager
I absolutely love this idea and can be easily tailored to suit the seasons and have used a very similar board before. There are so many amazing, wonderful ideas on this site . Thank you so much
Talita 2nd Aug 2020
Thank you so very much for your feedback Evangeline x
Megan 23rd Jul 2020 Therapeutic Activities Services Worker
I love this idea! I work at a Psychiatric Hospital on a geriatric unit. This would be great for my unit!
Cheryl-Lee, Katinka, Rebekah, Dan, Cindy 24th Apr 2020 Recreational Activities Officers
Thankyou so much for the great idea our Busy Board has been set up in the café lounge. I have used plastic coloured envelopes from Officeworks for easy wiping and the labels can be changed around. Residents can access it or staff can pass onto residents. I try to show the residents when I am taking them for a walk outside on our way back to the room.
I did try velcro to hold the envelopes on but they kept coming off so ended up using coloured pins.
Activity 22nd Apr 2020 Recreation Therapist
What size is the board that you used?
Susan 11th Apr 2020 Activity Director
I think you should use a board that fits best in the area you are using
Chereyne 14th Apr 2020 Lifestyle Co-ordinator
Yes! after giving it some thought I have the perfect place for it and will set it up today. Thanks
Chereyne 10th Apr 2020 Lifestyle Co-ordinator
Love this. What size is your board
Paula 17th Mar 2020 actvity officer
Have just set up one where I work on 1 wing, for those days when no activity person available. If it goes well will do the same on the other wing

Sherlene 17th Mar 2020 Activities Coordinator
great idea! will be doing this at my facility.
Angie 15th Mar 2020 Activity Director
I have done this in our facility.... great great idea. They use it all the time.
Ann Marie 12th Mar 2020 lifestyle coordinator
great idea, thankyou
Laura 10th Mar 2020 Activities Director
I love this and I will set one up, as I don't always have the time to share these wonderful mind exercises with them. This may help with the "board-um".
Louise 10th Mar 2020 Activity Supervisor
What a great idea. Am going to try one and see how it goes.
Chris 4th Mar 2020 Volunteer
What a brilliant way to display all the lovely activities . Thank you.
Mandy 3rd Mar 2020 Activities Coordinator
I did a weekend box and included these ideas in poly pockets. I like the bored board idea.
Jannette 2nd Mar 2020
Brilliant will be doing this in my home. Thank you.
Denise 26th Feb 2020 Deputy Manager
Great idea, thank you
Maria 25th Feb 2020 Lifestyle Assistant
Love this idea! thanks for sharing Kim.
Lynette 25th Feb 2020
Fantastic idea thx for sharing it Kym!
Angela 25th Feb 2020 Recreation therapist
Such a great idea
Kate 25th Feb 2020 Lifestyle Co-ordinator
What a great idea.
Susan 25th Feb 2020 Activity Director
I really like this idea
I did something similar to this but yours is better
Lisa 25th Feb 2020 Activities for Seniors
Looks nice...like the colors!
Christine 24th Feb 2020 Support Worker
Thank you Kim, a great idea
Talita 24th Feb 2020
Fabulous initiative Kim! Thanks for sharing!
Cheryl-Lee 24th Feb 2020 Recreational Activities Officers
Such a fantastic idea thankyou
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